Friday, July 27, 2012

The Periodic Table View of the World

The Disappearing Spoon - the periodic table as a historical yarn.  The latest Way Better Patents Reading List selection.

Many of us live in the world of the electrical and the mechanical with our wireless devices, semiconductors, internal combustion engines and wind turbines but sometimes we need to delve into the world of the chemical which means we need to understand the Periodic Table.

The Disappearing Spoon takes a tour of the periodic table in a journalistic fashion that's readable for those who just passed high school chemistry or who are organic chem practitioners in their real life.  Maybe if the high school exploration of the periodic table included Sam Kean's, The Disappearing Spoon more people would be scientists.  When I finished reading this one, I had the "eureka moment" where I finally got it.

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean — A book for those of us who just couldn't get the periodic table until now.

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