In a book such as this non of the above questions apply. It is a brilliant survey of our continuing exploration of the world and universe in which we discover our selves, The interface of science, individuals and our world is continually fascinating and Sam Kean does a witty , intelligent and understandable job of sorting out the various aspects of our understanding of our world and the way we explore it.
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This book was so good, I listened to it twice. Another title for it might be “Star Stuff and the Exciting Stories About People Who Figured It Out”. This book should form the nucleus of a class given in every high school in America. It would hook many on basic science. The author has used the discovery of the nature of physical elements and development of the periodic table of the elements as a framework to tell stories about all the strange and exciting human goings-on surrounding the working out of the stuff our world is made of. Great story telling! Well worth the price.
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Who would have thought that a book about the periodic table of elements would be fascinating to a "non science" guy. It's more a history.
This book is for those of us who wanted to learn about the Periodic Table without the drawn out lecture.
I liked the wide range of history, from early knowledge of basic elements to the race for the discovery of the more difficult and unstable ones.
I'm not a scientist and was a bit concerned that this would be way over my head - but I was intrigued with 20 minutes and could not put it down. I had no idea about how cool it is to find out about the history of the discovery of the elements, the creation of the periodic table and so many, many - many interesting facts leading up to the creation and discovery process!
Fascinating! A recommended read even if you don't study science.
Absolutely, it's a whole new world ....
Absolutely....I've never read anything like it!
Kept me wanting more!
Interesting but very technical. I was expecting a more pedestrian science books which would give interesting facts and properties of elements. Not a college level writing.
I am not a scientist, not even close. I barely passed high school chemistry and only vaguely remember the periodic table. Yet, I have always like scientific concepts and history. I found this book fascinating. I learned so much about the periodic table in a fun and interesting manner. I loved the history and anecdotes behind the discovery of the elements. It was through this story telling that I was able to really understand and appreciate the science of the periodic table and elements. I truly recommend this book.
I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those great books that riffs on a simple theme, in this case the periodic table, and pulls in stories from all over - science, history, trivia. The author loves his language a little too much for my taste in places, and is a little too clever at times, but I'd rather have a rich dessert than something plain. Sean Runnette does an admirable job most of the time, making me wince only a few times, like when he mispronounces "kludge", and occasionally his sentence fragments have the wrong emphasis, and so miss the point of the sentence, but again, I've got no major complaint. The one error in the book that I heard is when the author states that our "galaxy" has 9 planets, when he no doubt meant to say "solar system". The text is full of "Author's Note" asides which are enjoyable little detours and details.
If you like science books in the vein of Simon Winchester, for instance, you'll enjoy this book.