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The Disappearing Spoon Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857520261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857520265
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kean has Bill Bryson's comic touch ... a lively history of the elements and the characters behind their discovery" (New Scientist)

"A wealth of fascinating stories with a dazzling cast of heroes and villains. Written with gusto and backed by a mind-boggling amount of research, this is a real page turner" (Robert Matthews Daily Telegraph)

"One of the most readable and entertaining books about science yet published ... [Kean] is master of enlightening metaphors" (Daily Express)

"The periodic table meets the best-seller list with Sam Kean's Disappearing Spoon, an engaging tour of the elements ... with the éclat of raw sodium dropped in a beaker of water." (New York Times)

"the anecdotal flourishes of Oliver Sacks and the populist accessibility of Malcolm Gladwell" (Entertainment Weekly)

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The New York Times bestselling debut of popular science's answer to Malcolm Gladwell

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