Analysis Of Sam Kean 's The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales Of Madness

1619 Words Dec 5th, 2014 7 Pages
Sam Kean, a Washington D.C. writer with works in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, The Believer, Air & Space, Science, and The New Scientist, has created a user-friendly book about how to explain the periodic table and the elements that occupy it by writing the book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of Elements. He provides an insight into the world of chemistry that relates to his audience, even those who do not have a PhD in a science field. As the book goes on, Kean slowly unravels the mysteries of the periodic table in a way that is simple and almost easy to understand. The book takes the reader through the different worlds of the scientists and the many different elements while keeping a soft tone, so the reader feels engaged with the stories which the author tells throughout the entire book. However, the book is more than just a book on chemistry; it tells the stories, sometimes the love stories, of the scientists who discovered them. It talks about mysteries and the difficulties of financing the research for many studies. The Disappearing Spoon takes the reader through time and space until he finally can come to an understanding of the periodic table. Sam Kean begins his book by explaining the periodic table in different ways, both metaphorically and in a way which included a map, in his first chapter “Geography is Destiny”. He gives the elements names, “thief” for…

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