The Disappearing Spoon

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

By Sam Kean; Sean Runnette (Narrator)
(Tantor Media, MP3 CD, 9781400169528)

Publication Date: August 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc

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Description

The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the frequently mad scientists who discovered them.




About the Author

Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, the Believer, Air & Space, Science, and the New Scientist. He is currently working as a reporter at Science magazine and as a 2009 Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow. Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has produced several Audie Award–winning audiobooks. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured internationally with Mabou Mines, an avant-garde theater company. Sean's television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials, for which he apologizes.




NPR
Friday, Oct 1, 2010

Did you know Mark Twain tried his hand at science fiction? In the book The Disappearing Spoon, author Sam Kean writes about Twain's prescient story "Sold to Satan." In the story, Satan�s problems stem, in part, from the fact that he is made entirely of the newly discovered radioactive element radium. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Jul 17, 2010

Most people wouldn't describe the periodic table of elements as gripping, but Sam Kean makes it just that in his new book, The Disappearing Spoon. More at NPR.org

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Praise For The Disappearing Spoon

"Kean succeeds in giving us the cold hard facts, both human and chemical, behind the astounding phenomena without sacrificing any of the wonder---a trait vital to any science writer worth his NaCl. A–" ---Entertainment Weekly

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