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

Kean, Sam
Little, Brown, & Co. 2010
ISBN 978-0-316-05164-4
Date finished: 2014-04-30

I really enjoyed this collection of anecdotes and history relating to the periodic table. Kean discusses how Mendeleev polished the periodic table into a recognizably modern form and made predictions of element weight and properties that were found to be correct. There's also the theme of how elemental properties arise from the number of electrons in an atom's outermost shell, and how this was discovered over the course of the 20th century.

I was most interested in the modern discoveries, because my last chemistry course was a long time ago back in CEGEP and my knowledge is correspondingly out of date. Recent discoveries included:

A highly enjoyable and engrossing book.

Tagged: chemistry, physics

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