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Summertime Reading: The Disappearing Spoon - Giveaway (ends 8/3)

Saturday, July 24, 2010 Posted by One 2 Try

Spend some time by the pool with a good book. Summer time is perfect for catching up on reading. Continuing the "Time to relax" summer reading theme, here is a new title.

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements


A description of The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

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.

This is an interesting book to say the least. The world of science has been brought to light in amazing stories of everyday exposure to the elements. Elements as Money was one of my favorite chapters. We learn how chemicals are used for counterfit prevention and why certain countries currency is designed the way it is. Did you also know that the original book of The Wizard of OZ - Dorothy's slippers are silver and she walks on the golden road to the green city thought to symbolize the values of silver versus gold. Amazing! The Disappearing Spoon is filled with stories based around the elements. This is the type of book my dad would pour over cover to cover. From the Big Bang to the Gandhi and many more stories of our interactions with the sciences, this is a fun book to read more about the world around us and how the elements have affected it.

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316051640
ISBN-13: 978-0316051644

You can purchase The Disappearing Spoon at Amazon or check with your local book seller.




***Giveaway Closed***
Want to read this incredible title? Here is your chance to win! Courtesy of Hachette Book Group, TWO winners will each win a copy of The Disappearing Spoon. Thanks very much Hachette Group!

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Giveaway ends on August 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Open to US and Canadian addresses only. No PO Boxes. Winner(s) will be chosen by random.org and contacted by email. Please respond in 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted. Rules.

Many thanks to Hachette Book Group for providing the review copy and giveaway product.

Disclosure: I received gratis copies for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.




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  110. Auriette said...

    That's kind of a tough question you asked. I used to never read non-fiction, unless I was researching a paper for school. Lately, though, I've read about Henry VIII and his wives, another book that's a timeline of British history, The Lost City of Z, and Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. They're all very different. I wouldn't necessarily say I'd want to read a book about the periodic table, but The Disappearing Spoon sounds very interesting. I also really want to read The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, by Lost City of Z author David Grann. So, perhaps I should just say that my favorite type of non-fiction book contains a good story.

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