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The Disappearing Spoon

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)

  • Author: Sam Kean
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0316388254
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 240
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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

The Disappearing Spoon

And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

  • Author: Sam Kean,Adrian Dingle,Kelsey Kennedy
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780316388245
  • Category: JUVENILE NONFICTION
  • Page: 240
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"A young readers adaptation of the bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary human history of the periodic table."--

The Disappearing Spoon

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)

  • Author: Sam Kean
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0316388254
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 240
  • View: 9576
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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.

Periodic Tales

Periodic Tales

A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

  • Author: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 006207881X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 448
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In the spirit of A Short History of Nearly Everything comes Periodic Tales. Award-winning science writer Hugh Andersey-Williams offers readers a captivating look at the elements—and the amazing, little-known stories behind their discoveries. Periodic Tales is an energetic and wide-ranging book of innovations and innovators, of superstition and science and the myriad ways the chemical elements are woven into our culture, history, and language. It will delight readers of Genome, Einstein’s Dreams, Longitude, and The Age of Wonder.

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

  • Author: Sam Kean
  • Publisher: Little, Brown
  • ISBN: 031624225X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 416
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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 Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons" refers to the case of French king Henri II, who in 1559 was lanced through the skull during a joust, resulting in one of the most significant cases in neuroscience history. For hundreds of years scientists have gained important lessons from traumatic accidents and illnesses, and such misfortunes still represent their greatest resource for discovery.

The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table

The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table

  • Author: Sam Kean
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1446437655
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 400
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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 Violinist's Thumb

The Violinist's Thumb

And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

  • Author: Sam Kean
  • Publisher: Little, Brown
  • ISBN: 0316202975
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 416
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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.

Caesar's Last Breath

Caesar's Last Breath

Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

  • Author: Sam Kean
  • Publisher: Little, Brown
  • ISBN: 0316381632
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 384
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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.

Elements

Elements

A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

  • Author: Theodore Gray
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
  • ISBN: 1603764054
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 240
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The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide. The highly-anticipated paperback edition of The Elements is finally available. An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table. The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on seven years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized in order of appearance on the periodic table, each element is represented by a spread that includes a stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. For example, at -183°C, oxygen turns from a colorless gas to a beautiful pale blue liquid. Also included are fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements as well as data on the properties of each, including atomic weight, density, melting and boiling point, valence, electronegativity, and the year and location in which it was discovered. Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways. The element's position on the periodic table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table and an illustrated scale of the element's boiling and/or melting points appears on each page along with a density scale that runs along the bottom. Packed with interesting information, this combination of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the universe. Includes a tear-out poster of Theodore Gray's iconic Photographic Periodic Table!

A Tale of Seven Elements

A Tale of Seven Elements

  • Author: Eric Scerri
  • Publisher: OUP USA
  • ISBN: 0195391314
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 200
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In A Tale of Seven Elements, Eric Scerri presents the fascinating history of those seven elements discovered to be mysteriously "missing" from the periodic table in 1913.

The Elements of Murder

The Elements of Murder

A History of Poison

  • Author: John Emsley
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780192806000
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 418
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A fascinating account of the five most toxic elements describes the lethal chemical properties of arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium, as well as their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history, with profiles of such deadly poisoners as Mary Ann Cotton, Michael Swango, and Saddam Hussein and a look at modern-day environmental catastrophes.

Chemical Evolution II

Chemical Evolution II

From the Origins of Life to Modern Society

  • Author: Lori Zaikowski,Jon Friedrich,S. Russell Seidel
  • Publisher: OUP USA
  • ISBN: 9780841269804
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 376
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The book provides an exciting interwoven mosaic about the evolutionary nature of chemistry. It follows chemical evolution from the simplest elements formed in the Big Bang to the molecular diversity and complexity present today.

The Periodic Table of Elements - Post-Transition Metals, Metalloids and Nonmetals | Children's Chemistry Book

The Periodic Table of Elements - Post-Transition Metals, Metalloids and Nonmetals | Children's Chemistry Book

  • Author: Baby Professor
  • Publisher: Speedy Publishing LLC
  • ISBN: 1541940733
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
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Why is it important for a child to study the periodic table of elements now? Can't he/she just wait until college to do that? Early learning is best because a child’s developing mind absorbs information at a faster rate than that of an adult. Also, the development of a healthy study habit begins during your child’s elementary years. So encourage reading and learning today!

Uncle Tungsten

Uncle Tungsten

Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

  • Author: Oliver Sacks
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0804172153
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded. In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks’ extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his “Uncle Tungsten,” whose factory produces tungsten-filament lightbulbs. We follow the young Oliver as he is exiled at the age of six to a grim, sadistic boarding school to escape the London Blitz, and later watch as he sets about passionately reliving the exploits of his chemical heroes–in his own home laboratory. Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy of discovery.

The Periodic Kingdom

The Periodic Kingdom

A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements

  • Author: P. W. Atkins
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0786725273
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 176
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Come on a journey into the heart of matter--and enjoy the process!--as a brilliant scientist and entertaining tour guide takes you on a fascinating voyage through the Periodic Kingdom, the world of the elements. The periodic table, your map for this trip, is the most important concept in chemistry. It hangs in classrooms and labs throughout the world, providing support for students, suggesting new avenues of research for professionals, succinctly organizing the whole of chemistry. The one hundred or so elements listed in the table make up everything in the universe, from microscopic organisms to distant planets. Just how does the periodic table help us make sense of the world around us? Using vivid imagery, ingenious analogies, and liberal doses of humor P. W. Atkins answers this question. He shows us that the Periodic Kingdom is a systematic place. Detailing the geography, history and governing institutions of this imaginary landscape, he demonstrates how physical similarities can point to deeper affinities, and how the location of an element can be used to predict its properties. Here’s an opportunity to discover a rich kingdom of the imagination kingdom of which our own world is a manifestation.

The Disappearing Spoon Study Guide

The Disappearing Spoon Study Guide

  • Author: Pembroke Notes
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781457523250
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 152
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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.

Elemental

Elemental

How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything

  • Author: Tim James
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472140931
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 224
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The Universe came into being 13.8 billion years ago. At this point, all of existence could be summed up as an endless soup of particles frothing at temperatures many times hotter than the Sun. It was chaos. Fortunately, as the Universe expanded, everything began to cool and the particles stabilised. It was around this time, as disorder gave way to order, that the elements were born. Fast forward to June 2016 and the periodic table of elements was finally completed with the discovery and addition of four new elements. At last we could identify all the ingredients necessary to make a world. But it doesn't stop there. Human ingenuity knows no bounds; we have even begun to invent our own elements and have created an entire science devoted to their study: chemistry. When it comes to chemistry, Tim James knows his stuff. In Elemental he tells the story of the periodic table from its ancient Greek roots, when you could count the number of elements humans were aware of on one hand, to the modern alchemists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, who have used nuclear chemistry and physics to generate new elements and complete the periodic table. In addition to this, James answers questions such as: What is the chemical symbol for a human? What would happen if all of the elements were mixed together? How many bananas can you stand next to before you die of radiation sickness? Which liquid can teleport through walls? Why is the medieval dream of transmuting lead into gold now a reality?

Betrayal and Obsession

Betrayal and Obsession

  • Author: D'Vante Chapman
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1365869725
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 208
  • View: 8320
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Two brothers. Shawn Powers has everything. Money, power, and a beautiful wife. Chris Powers, on the other hand, is struggling to make it in the music industry and make ends meet. When Shawn offers Chris a job working at his company, Chris seizes it as a chance to win the one prize Shawn stole from him---Shawn's wife. One night, Chris crosses the line. How far will one man go to seek revenge? The ultimate price is paid and lives get caught in the crossfire between a brother's betrayal...and a brother's obsession.

Chemistry

Chemistry

A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Peter Atkins
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199683972
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 144
  • View: 1905
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A look at chemistry anew, through a chemist's eyes, in order to understand its central concepts and to see how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture.

Wonderful Life with the Elements

Wonderful Life with the Elements

The Periodic Table Personified

  • Author: Bunpei Yorifuji
  • Publisher: No Starch Press
  • ISBN: 1593274238
  • Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Page: 208
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From the brilliant mind of Japanese artist Bunpei Yorifuji comes Wonderful Life with the Elements, an illustrated guide to the periodic table that gives chemistry a friendly face. In this super periodic table, every element is a unique character whose properties are represented visually: heavy elements are fat, man-made elements are robots, and noble gases sport impressive afros. Every detail is significant, from the length of an element's beard to the clothes on its back. You'll also learn about each element's discovery, its common uses, and other vital stats like whether it floats—or explodes—in water. Why bother trudging through a traditional periodic table? In this periodic paradise, the elements are people too. And once you've met them, you'll never forget them.