Sam Kean
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Sam Kean

Official bio: Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he's a writer in Washington, D.C. His new book is The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. His first two books, The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist's Thumb were national bestsellers, and both were named an Amazon "Top 5" science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was nominated by the Royal Society for one of the top science books of 2010, while The Violinist's Thumb was a finalist for PEN's literary science writing award. His work has also been featured on "Radiolab" and NPR's "All Things Considered," among other shows. You can follow him via Twitter @sam_kean, and read excerpts at http://www.samkean.com.

(un)Official bio: Sam Kean gets called Sean at least once a month. He grew up in South Dakota, which means more to him than it probably should. He's a fast reader but a very slow eater. He went to college in Minnesota and studied physics and English. At night, he sometimes comes down with something called "sleep paralysis," which is the opposite of sleepwalking. Right now, he lives in Washington, D.C., where he earned a master's degree in library science that he will probably never use. He feels very strongly that open-faced sandwiches are superior to regular ones.

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Best Sellers

    • Caesar's Last Breath

    • Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 967
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 962

    The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • vastly entertaining

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Disappearing Spoon

    • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,207

    Science Magazine reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By James on 10-12-10
    • And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 08-18-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179 ratings

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

    • The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 900
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 818
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 820

    The author of the best seller The Disappearing Spoon reveals the secret inner workings of the brain through strange but true stories....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Detailed but not overly Technical

    • By Michael on 05-06-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Violinist's Thumb

    • And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 726
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 622
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 627

    From New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean come more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So much to think about!

    • By Traci on 08-18-12
    • And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 07-17-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 726 ratings

    Regular price: $28.50

    • The Disappearing Spoon: Young Listeners Edition

    • By: Sam Kean
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    A young listeners edition of the New York Times best seller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nice history stories but....

    • By Tm on 09-25-18

    Regular price: $26.22

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