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The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements / Sam Kean.

Kean, Sam. (Author).

Available copies

  • 33 of 36 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 4 of 4 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.

Current holds

1 current hold with 36 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library 546 K (Text) 39493106770664 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Hudson (Fontana) Science & Nature 546 KEA (Text) 39493106795513 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Macon County Public Library 546 K (Text) 39493106752027 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Marianna Black Library 546 K (Text) 39493106822416 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316051644
  • ISBN: 0316051640
  • Physical Description: vi, 391 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 377) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Orientation : column by column, row by row: Geography is destiny ; Near twins and black sheep : the genealogy of elements ; The Galápagos of the periodic table -- Making atoms, breaking Atoms: Where atoms come from : "We are all star stuff" ; Elements in time of war ; Completing the table with a bang ; Extending the table, expanding the Cold War -- Periodic confusion : the emergence of complexity: From physics to biology ; Poisoner's corridor : "ouch-ouch" ; Take two elements, call me in the morning ; How elements deceive -- The elements of human character: Political elements ; Elements as money ; Artistic elements ; An element of madness -- Element science today and tomorrow: Chemistry way, way below zero ; Spheres of splendor : the science of bubbles ; Tools of ridiculous precision ; Above (and beyond) the periodic table.
Summary, etc.:
The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history. The usual suspects are here, like Marie Curie (and her radioactive journey to the discovery of polonium and radium) and William Shockley (who is credited, not exactly justly, with the discovery of the silicon transistor)--but the more obscure characters provide some of the best stories, like Paul Emile Fran├žois Lecoq de Boisbaudran, whose discovery of gallium, a metal with a low melting point, gives this book its title: a spoon made of gallium will melt in a cup of tea.--From publisher description.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 10 19 185983.
Subject: Periodic table of the elements.
Chemical elements > Miscellanea.
Genre: Trivia and miscellanea.
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