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I'm a costume designer, makeup artist, teacher, mom, sewer, knitter, baker, want-to-learn-how-to-do-it-all, blogging, Costumed Beagle enthusiast. I am not always pleasant, although through intensive cupcake therapy I have learned not to throw knives at people anymore.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Book Review: The Disappearing Spoon

The Disappearing Spoon
by Sam Kean

I've been so tired lately, it has taken me far longer than usual to get through a book...my head hits the pillow and I practically fall asleep on the spot.

But if you like well researched, easily explained science with lots of you'll-find-this-little-bit-of-trivia-interesting footnotes included, you'll probably like this book.  Because it is a super interesting book about....wait for it.....the history of the periodic table of elements.  I know.  The excitement is catchy.

In that vein of reading only recently perfectly; conversational science (thank you Science Friday and Radio Lab for making science cool....).  If you've read some Mary Roach lately, and enjoyed it, you may like this one too even if Chemistry isn't your thing.

The book goes through the early discoveries in science of elements and atoms and electrons and all the little bits-o-science that every 7th grader begins to learn along with all the quirky scientists, how they discovered them, how they blew themselves up (or didn't), who they stole their ideas from and the failures too.  Also included are bits of history only mildly related to the moment, but prize information fodder if your brain likes to collect absolutely useless bits of trivia that you might get to use in some conversation someday making you look immensely smarter than you really are.

But lest you dismiss the book after hearing the words science, don't.  It really is very interesting.  Even if you've never liked science.  Even if you haven't plowed through SIX semesters of College Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics the way some of us did before we completely gave into a life in the arts.

And as a side note: there are some kick-ass women scientists along the way that I'd never heard of.  Madam Curie of course, and Rosalind Franklin are probably the best known...but there have been lots.  Serious scientists too.  Nobel prize winning scientists.  Fantastic.


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