Tuesday, August 3, 2010

GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW OF THE DISAPPEARING SPOON BY S. KEAN

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the ElementsIn The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, the Periodic Table is one of man's scientific achievements. It inspires stories of romance, adventure, obsession and betrayal. The book follows carbon, neon,silicon and gold and their involvement in history, finance,mythology, war and poisons. The elements also play a part in the lives of the mad scientists who discovered them.
We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON.

My Thoughts-
If I had this book during my college years, it would have made Chemistry more interesting and fun.  The information about the elements, atoms and the periodic table was easy for me to understand and I found parts of the book very humorous at times. The book talks about the scientists but there was stories about war,politics,art, and greed. I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about chemistry in a fun and interesting way.

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And now for the contest-

Thanks to the Hachette Book Group I am able to give away 2 copies of the book.
Open to USA and Canada only
No PO Boxes
prizes will be sent by the publisher.

To Enter-
1. Please leave a comment answering the question- What was your favorite science class? +1
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Please put all entries into one comment. Thank You!

Contest ends Aug 21 at 12MN Eastern.






Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.

10 comments:

  1. My favorite science class has always been aerospace science. This book sounds like an interesting read.. Thanks for the opportunity

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  2. My favorite science class was probably Integrated Science which was a mix of things.

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  3. i hated science class back whn i was in school. but i would LOVE to take a forensic science class now ... interesting stuff!

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  4. +1 I loved AP Chem - my teacher was a interactive, crazy scientist. He made it fun.
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  5. I really liked Algebra in highschool.
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  6. My favorite science class was Environmental Science.

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  7. My favorite science class was chemistry, I even ended up going to a chemistry camp.
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  8. My favorite sicence class was biology. Interesting and timely. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. My favorite science class was geology.

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  10. I liked biology.

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