Showing results by author "Sam Kean"

Categories

All Categories

5 results
Sort by
    • 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 4,027
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,061
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book, Great Narration, But...

    • By Henny Button on 09-18-10
    • 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 4,027 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 829
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 752
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 755

    Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: Wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents - and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways.

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

    • By Michael on 05-06-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • 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 970
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 888
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 883

    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. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • vastly entertaining

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

    Regular price: $29.65

    • 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 700
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 597
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 602

    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. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking.

    • 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 700 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 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

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

    • By Tm on 09-25-18

    Regular price: $26.22