The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. 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.
We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?
From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON.
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (July 12, 2010)
I don't know what I expected from this book when I first requested to review it, but I felt like I was lost through most of it.
Yeah, it had stories about scientists and the elements they created or found, but for the most part, it was such a scientific novel I was bored and felt like I was in school again.
Again, while I like to learn, I didn't want a lesson in the periodic table.
So this wasn't for me, but maybe the science lover in you would feel different. It is highly interesting in that respect.
~I received a copy from Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated for my opinion.~