The Disappearing Spoon
The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements By Kean, Sam Book - 2010 | 1st ed

Sensationalistic title aside, The Disappearing Spoon is a comprehensive and very approachable explanation of chemistry's periodic table. Kean focuses on the attributes, uses and background history of all atomic elements without getting into the complexities of molecular chemistry. It reads a lot like Victoria Finlay's books "Color" and "Jewels", both highly recommended too.

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