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

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Paperback, Little Brown & Co, 2011, ISBN13 9780316051637, ISBN10 0316051632

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Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?*

The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

THE DISAPPEARING SPOONmasterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery--from the Big Bang through the end of time.

*Though solid at room temperature, gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons, serve them with tea, and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear.

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Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publish Date: Jun 06, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780316051637
ISBN-10: 0316051632
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.3
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