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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Young Readers Edition)

Sam Kean. Maggie Edkins, illus.
Item #: D11167
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 240 / 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316388283
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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. Adapting his hugely popular 2010 book here for readers 10 to 13, the author of The Violinist's Thumb and Caesar's Last Breath follows elements on the table as they play out their parts in finance, mythology, war, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.


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