This is one of my all time favorite books. I wish chemistry was taught in school in this manner. Sam Kean is genius with his whimsical trip through the elements and history.
This is the third Sam Kean book I've listened to. While I'll admit zoning out through some of the more technical parts, the stories were still interesting and enlightening. I definitely have a more thorough understanding of the periodic table now, but I won't be changing my life's work to the pursuit of new elements anytime soon
Ok, I really don't hate science. I just don't understand it very well or care about certain things. Like types of rocks, clouds, or kingdoms.
But I found this book describing the meticulous work to discover and claim each element on the periodic table to be very entertaining. Even the decades long fight over what the table would look like was interesting.
Mostly because it wasn't, in the end, about the elements. It was about the people who slaved away to discover them and maybe grab a slice of immortality. Many of these brilliant scientists were not famous, rich, or even well respected. Yet their personal stories made me learn about the elements they dis covered.
It is dry listening at times and so not for most people. The author did a great job interweaving so many stories about scientists and discoveries but it was also pretty technical and dry at times. It made me want to go research some of the scientists more now.
I'm into educational nonfiction. Particularly ones in science, engineering, futurism, and psychology.
Narrator's tone harmonizes with the writer's to produce what is without doubt my favorite 'book'.
Relavent and enlightening scientific material is presented in a compelling historical/anecdotal fashion. You WILL learn and you will more than likely laugh out loud at least a couple of time. If you give half a damn about science don't miss this work of art.
This audio book was positively riveting. I have an hour commute each way to and from work each day and I found myself sitting in the parking lot and my driveway not wanting to turn it off. This is honestly the best audio book I have listened to since Bill Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything I highly recommend it.
I call this type of book "casual science"
I did learn one or two new things, but the book is mainly anecdotes related to discoveries of elements in the periodic table. Generally not my "cup of tea", but I think others may enjoy this.
I think the reading performance was well done.
I enjoyed listening to a good narration of some very interesting points related to the periodic table.
Not that kind of book. This book is about practical scientific info presented in a slightly different but intriguing format. It reactivated my interest in the physical world in terms of its elements and their properties. After listening, I found myself much less intimidated by the periodic table.
Dos not apply. It is not really a book about characters, though various scientists are introduced, along with their historical battles to claim discovery of new elements.
No, the info in this book takes time to digest. Shoving it all in during one reading session would overwhelm most people.
I plan to re-listen to The Disappearing Spoon, so that I can absorb and integrate more of the facts presented.