Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Disappearing Spoon Review and Giveaway...


Details:
The Disappearing Spoon-And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Author: Sam Kean
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316051640
ISBN-13: 978-0316051644
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.2 inches

Synopsis:
The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) 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.



What we thought:
This book is very interesting, especially if you like chemistry, but even if you didn't pay much attention in high school, you'll probably enjoy this book. I think if the elements had been taught using this book, I would have retained a little more knowledge of the Periodic Table(sorry Ms. Polski:) The tales behind each element are truly fascinating and Kean does a fabulous job of getting the reader interested in the subject matter. ABCD Diaries gives The Disappearing Spoon an A!

Buy It: You can get your hands on your very own copy of the Disappearing Spoon at your local book store or online book seller:)

Win It: Hatchette Book Group has generously offered two ABCD Diaries readers a copy of The Disappearing Spoon!!
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Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a copy of this book for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

69 comments:

  1. Yeah, I paid attention in chemistry class. I kind of thought it was interesting.....

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  3. I might have paid attention at the time, but I know none of it stuck with me! And thankfully, I don't think our teacher made us memorize the periodic table - so that's a relief!

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  7. I did NOT pay attention in High School Chemistry class (my excuse is that I was busy writing poetry in the margins of my notebook...) HOWEVER, in college, I really got into it!

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  9. I paid attention in High School Chemistry.

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  10. I honestly tried to pay attention, but mostly the smartest kid in class had to tutor the rest of us before exams. Thanks for the chance to win the book. I could use the remedial study! (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

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  13. I did pay attention because I had an awesome teacher and I thought he would make a great husband for my mom.

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  14. I never took High School Chemistry! I took Biology instead :)

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  18. I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't take chemistry! But this book sounds really interesting, so maybe it's about time I learned a little about it!

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  26. no i disliked chemistry and did not do well in the class. Now I wish I would have. angiewith3 at live dot com

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  29. I wish I paid attention more...I only paid attention enough to get an A! I guess I probably know more than others (at least in my class...)

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  30. Nope. lol. It was in the morning. Science was my worst subject.

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  34. While I love science, I never went to Chemistry. It was too much like work. I did end up getting a career based more in Biology, though. Go figure. In high school I thought I'd be a hair stylist. That lasted all of 6 months.

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  36. I paid attention although I did not retain a lot of the information. I did always find it fascinating

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  41. I paid attention in Chemistry, I was such a nerd! But do I remember much of what I was taught now? Mmm...not really!

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  42. I loved Chemistry class; I can still remember my s, p, d, and f orbitals!

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  43. I never had chemistry in high school.
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  44. I definitely paid attention, I ended up going to chemistry camp one summer.
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  45. I did pay attention, it was very interesting, thanks!

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  46. I did pay attention to Chemistry in school

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  47. I don't really know anything about Chemistry so I guess I didn't pay attention

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  48. I took Chemistry and AP Chemistry but it wasn't really my thing. I'm definitely a Biology person!

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  52. i loved chemistry in high school
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  53. I did not pay attention, but when I got to college I wish I would have. eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  54. I was terrible in Chemistry. The only way I passed was by wearing short skirts!

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