The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

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

Published: 2010

Genre: nonfiction, chemistry

Length: 391 pages

Interest: I must have seen a review of this book and put it on my to read list because it was about the periodic table of the elements.

Summary: Kean used each chapter to discuss the discovery or use of different elements. He started with the discussion of the creation of the periodic table of the elements, when people first discovered what elements were. From there he wrote about the fervor for element discovery, that waned with the discovery of radioactivity. Element discovery got big again in the scientific community when they figured out how to create new elements not found in nature.

Final thoughts: Because I am such a nerd, I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Curiosity has always been fascinated by the periodic table of the elements – I wonder if he’s old enough to enjoy this book as well. My favorite part was when Kean discussed how the elements got their names.

Title comes from: A prank people would sometimes do – serve tea with a spoon made of gallium that would melt in the heat of the tea.

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