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.
Life is short, make sure you have fun
Yes, but it depends on weather they they enjoy science or not.
Emphasis in all the right places and keeps you engaged.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
I loved this book because it was my kind of chemistry--real life stories mixed with technical facts. Apparently i have a reading disorder because I find it extremely difficult to memorize dry facts, but attached to these incredible stories, how can i forget them? I agree with the listener who said the print version might have been better due to the numerous facts, but as I don't have to pass any tests, my take is that it is a great audiobook. I even find myself telling others some of the stories, like how red dye was once used successfully to save lives.
Reviewing the Periodic Table has never been so interesting.
Understanding Rutherfor'ds contributions.
No- have not but will look for his narrations after this stellar presentation. Excepting the fake Kiwi accent session.
I rarely take time to listen to an Audio book a second time without first being distracted by another. But this deserves three listens- it's the best ever.
would have been nice if the subject matter were broken down a little more. I'm sure this book comes across much better in print than audio. In an audio book it's difficult to get across large amounts of information at one time. It's a little harder to go back and re"read" a section to make sure you understand it all.
I honestly had no idea how the periodic table and the elements came to be discovered. How interesting could these stories be? It might surprise you that fact is often stranger than fiction and this book certainly brings out an interesting side of chemistry that I never knew existed. You won't regret this book if your a science geek like me. One question. Why don't they teach this stuff in school?
I understand the chemistry that makes the periodic table the periodic table. What I expected was some stories about the elemental discoveries or interesting uses of the elements. I wanted more casual conversation starter topics, instead I got a basic chemistry lesson on the outer electron shell. Makes a very boring listen, like a chemistry lecture. There are some great interesting stories layered in but they are far and few in-between to really keep my interest.
What a great romp through the history of the discovery and application of the elemental table. Rather than teaching science and chemistry, this book tells the stories surrounding the scientists, their lives and discoveries of the elements, and other elemental-associated occurrences. If you're afraid of taking a chemistry class for fear that you won't understand the information, this is a book that opens up the history of chemistry in a way that can help you overcome your fears and potentially even enjoy taking a chemistry class. If you're a science professional, such as a teacher, this book can provide you with entertaining, informative, and humorous stories to make chemistry a much more interesting and approachable subject. And if you're simply generally interested in science (like me), this book is highly entertaining and educational. Note: After listening to this book, I purchased some gallium (the "disappearing spoon" element) as a Christmas present for a family member, and we had fantastic fun playing with it.