The Disappearing Spoon, Young Readers Edition by Sam Kean audiobook

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

By Sam Kean
Read by Robert Petkoff

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549171970

  • ISBN: 9781549171949

  • ISBN: 9781538584415

Runtime: 5.11 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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. Students, teachers, and burgeoning science buffs will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With a constant flow of fun facts bubbling to the surface, Kean writes with wit, flair, and authority.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Sam Kean

Author Bio: Sam Kean

Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons,The Disappearing Spoon, and The Violinist’s Thumb, all of which were also named Amazon top science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was a runner-up for the Royal Society of London’s book of the year for 2010, and The Violinist’s Thumb and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons were nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for literary science writing in 2013 and 2015, as well as the AAAS/Subaru Prize. Kean’s work has appeared in The Best American Nature and Science Writing, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times magazine, Psychology Today, Slate, Mental Floss, and other publications, and he has been featured on NPR’s Radiolab, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 5.11
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English