I enjoyed this book and found myself sharing information from it on a daily basis with my friends. The narrator had a droning voice which I found to be a bit flat, however with all of the really long scientific words that he had to say they were probably lucky to find him. I was horrible at chemistry in high school (much more of a biology person) so I liked learning a little more about the elements.
This is a science book and while written to appeal to a mass audience, even with my science background I had to stop and think about some of the conclusions and facts proposed during the read. In a good way though. It made me think and try to recollect my chemistry and physics courses from old.
The book is broken down into sections around a handful of elements usually related in various fashions and this reads quite well. If you are a science geek you will most definitely like this book. Enjoy
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It was fun. Not the best book I've ever listened to, but it's well done and interesting.
No characters in this book. Just science. The periodic table is the main character here, so perhaps it's noble gasses.
It was even, teacher-like with a side of sarcasm. This is good for a science book.
I laughed a few times. It was amusing and learned.
Good science book.
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!