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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

Sam Kean

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sean Runnette

Length:

12h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

12:23


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

47:09


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

37:51


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

36:28


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

37:32


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

35:32


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

36:20


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

34:02


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

42:08


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

32:35


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

48:55


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

32:15


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

44:30


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

35:23


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

37:49


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

39:10


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

40:30


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

40:17


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

48:39


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

35:46


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

00:24