This brought the elements home and made them interesting and new. Now I have a better understanding of where they come from, how they effect me and some of their more unusual aspects.
I've not read the hard-copy of this book, but the audio was great!
The detailed stories shared of the various scientists and their contributions to the p.table / science....so many!! The mad scientist who invented and utilized nerve gas and elements for war purposes; disgusting, but interesting.
Lots of information about just every element; the content got heavy near the end, and I started to tune out.
Sam Kean is a fantastic author. I started hearing him on RadioLab and had to give this a listen. I love the Authors notes that are usually hilarious. If you enjoy history and science this is will worth it.
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Both engrossing, weird and totally horrific facts on the elments presented in a casually entertaining manner. Very well written and narrated.
I'm not done with it, but will finish it...someday. At the halfway point, other books piqued my interest more. This was six months ago.
Fun history and stories about how the periodic table was discovered/designed, the personalities behind it, and info on each of the elements. My wife liked it more than me, but she is the geeky one.
Sometimes, science is easier to understand when there is a story behind it, that's where this book shines.
Being a chemist I was most intrigued by his research and information. Being a teacher I was more intrigued by his stories. This made the elements come alive in a more useful, realistic fashion. Being a listener I loved the narration.
Not to be missed by the scientifically minded!
although it helps to keep a copy of the periodic table nearby, it's not necessary to enjoy this collection of bizarre and amazing stories baout the elements of the periodic table,.
I love the physical sciences and their history. The history of quantum michanics is especially exciting.
Sam Kean has a way with words and knows his way around the periodic table. This is a very entertaining and informative book. I own it in two formats, audio and e-book. I teach Chemistry and refer to his stories often in my lectures. It is hard to pick, but I think my favorite line is: "Elements Shed, Share or Steal electrons." Even if you are not interested in the chemistry, the stories are well worth hearing.
The most memorable is Sams telling of the story of Fritz Haber and his treatment of his wife. It almost makes me not want to lecture on the Born-Haber cycle.
No, I haven't. He does a great job reading this one.
Yes, when Fritz Haber's wife, Clara Immerwahr, shot herself, and Sam Kean pointed out that she could have been another Marie Curie had she married differently.
I plan to explore other books by Mr. Kean!
I am a science enthusiast and enjoy reading about scientific topics. This presentation of the periodic table, covering anecdotes and stories about the interaction of various elements with the real world, is a must read for anyone interested in learning about general science.
The narrrator was clear and had good tone and articulation.
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Yes, but it depends on weather they they enjoy science or not.
Emphasis in all the right places and keeps you engaged.