The Disappearing Spoon

And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

Ranked #1 in Chemistry, Ranked #1 in Inorganic Chemistrysee more rankings.

Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance,...

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Timothy J. Jorgensen I do like the story of radium. (Source)

Michelle Francl Sam Kean brings the periodic table to life with the stories you didn’t hear in high school chemistry but will wish you did. (Source)

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