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The Disappearing Spoon

The Disappearing Spoon Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2010-07-12
ISBN : 0316089087
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, finance, mythology, the arts, medicine, and more, as told by the Periodic Table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. The Disappearing Spoon masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery -- from the Big Bang through the end of time. Though solid at room temperature, gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons, serve them with tea, and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear.

The Disappearing Spoon

The Disappearing Spoon Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2018-04-03
ISBN : 0316388254
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Adapted for a middle grade audience, the young readers edition of The Disappearing Spoon offers the material in a simple, easy-to-follow format, with approximately 20 line drawings and sidebars throughout. Students, teachers, and burgeoning science buffs will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.

The Disappearing Spoon Study Guide

The Disappearing Spoon Study Guide Book
Author : Pembroke Notes
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2013-10
ISBN : 9781457523250
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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How to Use This Book This book is to be used along side the bestselling book, The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean for anyone who wants to learn about the periodic table in an engaging and unique way. For students: The study questions are in order and follow Sam Kean's narrative. Answer the questions as you read the book. The answers are in the back section. For teachers: This is an easy and interesting resource to help your students learn about the periodic table. Never has it been put in a way that transforms a normally dry subject into a page-turner. This is a step-by-step guide to help students learn about the elements. Use your own unique teaching style to supplement the Pembroke Notes with engaging activities and experiments. With the new Common Core standards and a push to increased rigor, I have added a Writing Workshop section at the end of my book to help you with writing assignments. For homeschools: Your high school student will love the easy guide to help him/her in her reading of The Disappearing Spoon. Parents, be prepared for active discussions with your teenager while you read along with him/her. A Writing Workshop is supplied at the end of the book as a guide. Have fun. When not teaching or working on district curriculum in Alaska, Peggy and her husband, Bill, armed with fishing poles, make their home in Pittsburg, Missouri.

The Disappearing Spoon and other true tales from the Periodic Table

The Disappearing Spoon   and other true tales from the Periodic Table Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2011-04-14
ISBN : 1446437655
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Why did a little lithium (Li, 3) help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness? And how did gallium (Ga, 31) become the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Disappearing Spoon has the answers, fusing science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, discovery and alchemy, from the big bang through to the end of time.

The Disappearing Spoon

The Disappearing Spoon Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2019
ISBN : 9781338603286
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"A young readers adaptation of the bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary human history of the periodic table."--

100 of the Most Shocking Reviews the Disappearing Spoon

100 of the Most Shocking Reviews the Disappearing Spoon Book
Author : Leo Young
Publisher : Lennex
Release : 2013-01
ISBN : 9785458860994
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness Love and the Histo

The Disappearing Spoon  and Other True Tales of Madness  Love  and the Histo Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2011-06-06
ISBN : 9781680651959
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

The Violinist s Thumb

The Violinist s Thumb Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2012-07-17
ISBN : 0316202975
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In The Violinist's Thumb, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

Unlocking the Hidden History of DNA

Unlocking the Hidden History of DNA Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2020-07-08
ISBN : 9781629979557
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Unlocking the Hidden History of DNA book written by Sam Kean, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Caesar s Last Breath

Caesar s Last Breath Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2017-07-18
ISBN : 0316381632
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Guardian's Best Science Book of 2017: the fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it. With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

Caesar s Last Breath

Caesar s Last Breath Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Back Bay Books
Release : 2018-06-12
ISBN : 9780316381659
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Guardian's Best Science Book of 2017 One of Science News's Favorite Science Books of 2017 The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it. With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

The Bastard Brigade

The Bastard Brigade Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2019-07-18
ISBN : 1529374898
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Scientists have always kept secrets. But rarely in history have scientific secrets been as vital as they were during World War II. In the midst of planning the Manhattan Project, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services created a secret offshoot - the Alsos Mission - meant to gather intelligence on and sabotage if necessary, scientific research by the Axis powers. What resulted was a plot worthy of the finest thriller, full of spies, sabotage, and murder. At its heart was the 'Lightning A' team, a group of intrepid soldiers, scientists, and spies - and even a famed baseball player - who were given almost free rein to get themselves embedded within the German scientific community to stop the most terrifying threat of the war: Hitler acquiring an atomic bomb of his very own. While the Manhattan Project and other feats of scientific genius continue to inspire us today, few people know about the international intrigue and double-dealing that accompanied those breakthroughs. Bastard Brigade recounts this forgotten history, fusing a non-fiction spy thriller with some of the most incredible scientific ventures of all time.

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2014-05-06
ISBN : 031624225X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon reveals the secret inner workings of the brain through strange but true stories. Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike -- strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents -- and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing. In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues. He weaves these narratives together with prose that makes the pages fly by, to create a story of discovery that reaches back to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting accident that inspired this book's title. With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.

The Icepick Surgeon

The Icepick Surgeon Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2021-07-13
ISBN : 0316496529
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold history of science's darkest secrets, “a fascinating book [that] deserves a wide audience” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) Science is a force for good in the world—at least usually. But sometimes, when obsession gets the better of scientists, they twist a noble pursuit into something sinister. Under this spell, knowledge isn’t everything, it’s the only thing—no matter the cost. Bestselling author Sam Kean tells the true story of what happens when unfettered ambition pushes otherwise rational men and women to cross the line in the name of science, trampling ethical boundaries and often committing crimes in the process. The Icepick Surgeon masterfully guides the reader across two thousand years of history, beginning with Cleopatra’s dark deeds in ancient Egypt. The book reveals the origins of much of modern science in the transatlantic slave trade of the 1700s, as well as Thomas Edison’s mercenary support of the electric chair and the warped logic of the spies who infiltrated the Manhattan Project. But the sins of science aren’t all safely buried in the past. Many of them, Kean reminds us, still affect us today. We can draw direct lines from the medical abuses of Tuskegee and Nazi Germany to current vaccine hesitancy, and connect icepick lobotomies from the 1950s to the contemporary failings of mental-health care. Kean even takes us into the future, when advanced computers and genetic engineering could unleash whole new ways to do one another wrong. Unflinching, and exhilarating to the last page, The Icepick Surgeon fuses the drama of scientific discovery with the illicit thrill of a true-crime tale. With his trademark wit and precision, Kean shows that, while science has done more good than harm in the world, rogue scientists do exist, and when we sacrifice morals for progress, we often end up with neither.

The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons

The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2014-07-17
ISBN : 1448170990
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain: wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies, horrendous accidents, phantom limbs, Siamese twins - and see how the victims changed afterwards. In many cases their survival was miraculous, and observers marvelled at the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed. Parents suddenly couldn't recognise their children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars and paedophiles. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing. Others couldn't read but could write. The stories of these people laid the foundations of modern neuroscience and, century by century, key cases taught scientists what every last region of the brain did. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary individuals whose struggles, resilience and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.

Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Rivalry Adventure and the History Of

Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Rivalry  Adventure and the History Of Book
Author : Turtleback Books Publishing, Limited
Publisher : Turtleback Books
Release : 2019-09-10
ISBN : 9781663600486
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Rivalry Adventure and the History Of book written by Turtleback Books Publishing, Limited, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Geeking Gallium Gaffs and Gimmicks

Geeking Gallium Gaffs and Gimmicks Book
Author : Shawn Evans
Publisher : CreateSpace
Release : 2013-12-26
ISBN : 9781494734893
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This unique book is about a special group of alloys (safe & non-toxic) that can be used to create numerous magical effects, from vanishing (or bending or penetrating) a spoon, to mentally melting coins in the hands of spectators - even card peeks and locations using gallium. All of the listed effects are constructed in the psychology and techniques of Max Malini (the greatest impromptu magician of all time), designed for thoughtful magicians, playful pranksters and curious minded individuals. Each novel application is presented in easy-to-understand details and do-it-yourself projects.

Caesar s Last Breath

Caesar s Last Breath Book
Author : Sam Kean
Publisher : Black Swan
Release : 2018-07-12
ISBN : 9781784162931
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 ** 'Popular science at its best' Mail on Sunday 'Eminently accessible and enjoyable' Observer With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds in the Roman Senate, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding. In fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might also bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe and across time to tell the epic story of the air we breathe.

Ingredients

Ingredients Book
Author : George Zaidan
Publisher : Prelude Books
Release : 2020-07-09
ISBN : 0715653989
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Cheese puffs. Coffee. Sunscreen. Vapes. Hand sanitiser. George Zaidan reveals the weird science behind everyday items that may or may not kill you, depending on whom you ask. If you want easy answers, this book is not for you. But if you’re curious which health studies to trust, what dense scientific jargon really means, and how to make better choices when it comes to food and health – dive right in! Zaidan makes chemistry more fun than potions class as he reveals exactly what science can (and can’t) tell us about the packaged ingredients we buy in the supermarket. He demystifies the ingredients of life and death – and explains how we know whether something is good or bad for you – in exquisite, hilarious detail at breakneck speed. PRAISE FOR INGREDIENTS 'If you ever thought that chemistry might be really interesting (it is), but your eyes glazed over in high school chem class, this is the book for you. George Zaidan will keep you laughing out loud as he shares the wonders of our most useful, practical science, with brilliant analogies that even an 11-year old can understand.' Daniel J. Levitin, author of Successful Aging and This is Your Brain on Music 'If you crossed Bill Nye with Stephen Colbert, you'd get George Zaidan. Ingredients is a masterful piece of science writing.' Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive 'Ingredients lifts the film from our eyes with humour and reassurance.' Hank Green, author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing 'At last, a book on nutrition that tries to make you understand how little we know instead of offering blanket prognostications. If instead of a simple solution, you want a guide to how to think about health, this is it.' Zach and Kelly Weinersmith, New York Times best-selling authors of Soonish 'Ingredients, is everything that should lead you to expect: funny, edgy, fascinating, dismaying, reassuring, and overall just incredibly smart.' Deborah Blum, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Poison Squad 'You should buy Ingredients because it teaches you how to think better - like a smart, informed, and wickedly funny scientist.' Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon 'Omfg this book is FABULOUS! It's hilarious, insightful, sassy, and reassuring. A delightful roller-coaster of science communication.' Kallie Moore, Co-host of PBS Eons

Chemistry Review Magazine Volume 28 2018 19 Issue 1

Chemistry Review Magazine Volume 28  2018 19 Issue 1 Book
Author : Philip Allan Magazines
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2018-09-17
ISBN : 1510459502
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This A-level chemistry magazine provides up-to-date articles specially written for students to help them gain the highest grade. Articles feature real-world applications of chemistry and signpost how these link with the exam. Chemistry Review also contains specific features on practical skills and on approaching exam questions. Contents Breath of life Animal chemistry: Bees, honey and venom Drugs and dyes Did you know? Photoswitching isomers In pictures: Elements of smartphones Answer back: Polymers and azo dyes Revision note: The continuum of bonding Worth reading: The Disappearing Spoon Focus on industry: Extracting oil and gas Wonders of chemistry: Solar power: nature does it better Back page: Conservation and cyclododecane