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    The Disappearing Spoon...And Other True Tales From The Periodic Table

    Paperback | 400 pages | English
    By (Author) Sam Kean

    $29.99 NZD

    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...

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    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, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Why did a little lithium (Li, 3) help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness? And how did gallium (Ga, 31) become the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Disappearing Spoon has the answers, fusing science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, discovery and alchemy, from the big bang through to the end of time.

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    • Paperback | 400 pages
    • 127 x 198 x 25mm | 273g
    • Transworld Publishers Ltd
    • 28 Jul 2011
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Black Swan
    • English
    • Illustrations, ports.
    • 0552777501
    • 9780552777506
    Type: Book Vendor: Penguin SKU: 9780552777506 Availability: In Stock

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