The Disappearing Spoon – Young Readers Edition

And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

  • Language:
  • English (U.S.)
    Little, Brown
  • English Audio
    Hachette Audio/Blackstone Audio
  • Chinese (Simplified)
    CITIC Press
  • Korean
    Bookhouse Publisher Co.
  • Russian
  • Spanish
    Grupo Anaya
About The Disappearing Spoon – Young Readers Edition:
A young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table.
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

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.

Adapted for a middle grade audience, the young readers edition of The Disappearing Spoon offers the material in a simple, easy-to-follow format, with approximately 20 line drawings and sidebars throughout. Students, teachers, and burgeoning science buffs will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.

About the Author(s):

Sam Kean is a writer based in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineMental FlossSlateThe BelieverAir & SpaceScience, and The New Scientist.

Other Editions:
  • Audio Edition

  • Chinese (Simplified)

Other Books by Sam Kean:
  • Caesar’s Last Breath

  • The Bastard Brigade

  • The Disappearing Spoon

  • The Icepick Surgeon

  • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

  • The Violinist’s Thumb