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The Disappearing Spoon
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Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, The Believer, Air & Space, Science and The New Scientist. He is currently working as a reporter at Science magazine and as a 2009 Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow.

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Science magazine writer Kean's first book presents fascinating anecdotes about each of the known elements of the periodic table and the scientists who discovered them, e.g., how lithium helped cure poet Robert Lowell of his mental illness and how gallium became the prime element for chemical pranksters (it dissolves in ordinary tea-hence, the title). Kean's love for science, invention, investigation, and discovery shines in this flow of fun facts. Audie Award winner Sean Runnette's lucid, energetic narration is well suited to the author's wit, flair, and authority in this entertaining audio that nicely supplements Theodore Gray's massive The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Kean's welcome debut will inform general listeners and serve as a valuable reference for chemistry faculty. Highly recommended. [The Little, Brown hc was also "highly recommended," for anyone "wishing to be informed as well as entertained," LJ 5/1/10.-Ed.]-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

'With a constant flow of fun facts bubbling to the surfaace, Kean writes with wit, flair and authority in a debut that will delight even general readers' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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