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  • The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Tableby Sam Kean

    Transworld 2011; US$ 12.68

    Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? 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 one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove... more...

  • The Violinist's Thumbby Sam Kean

    Transworld 2012; US$ 14.09

    Did the human race almost go extinct? Can genetics explain a cat lady's love for felines? How does DNA lead to people with no fingerprints or humans born with tails? And how did the right combination of genes create the exceptionally flexible thumbs and fingers of a truly singular violinist? Unravelling the genetic code hasn't always been easy -... more...

  • The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeonsby Sam Kean

    Transworld 2014; US$ 12.68

    For centuries, scientists had only one way to study the brain: wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infections, lobotomies, horrendous accidents, phantom limbs, Siamese twins - and see how the victims changed afterwards. In many cases their survival was miraculous, and observers marvelled at the transformations that took place when different... more...

  • Caesar's Last Breathby Sam Kean

    Transworld 2017; US$ 28.19

    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 bestselling 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... more...

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