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The Resource 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

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

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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
Title
The disappearing spoon
Title remainder
and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements
Statement of responsibility
Sam Kean
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 François 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
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Kean, Sam
Dewey number
546
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QD466
LC item number
.K37 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Chemical elements
Label
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
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377) and index
Contents
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
Control code
ocn456551224
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vi, 391 p.
Isbn
9780316051644
Lccn
2009040754
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)456551224
Label
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
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 377) and index
Contents
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
Control code
ocn456551224
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vi, 391 p.
Isbn
9780316051644
Lccn
2009040754
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)456551224

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