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  • The Disappearing Spoonby Sam Kean

    Little, Brown and Company 2010; US$ 11.99

    The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts,... more...

  • The Disappearing Spoonby Sam Kean

    Transworld 2011; US$ 13.07

    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... more...

  • The Violinist's Thumbby Sam Kean

    Transworld 2012; US$ 13.07

    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... more...

  • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeonsby Sam Kean

    Little, Brown and Company 2014; US$ 12.99

    From the author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon , tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience. Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike-strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, horrendous accidents-and see how the victim coped. In many cases survival was miraculous,... more...

  • The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeonsby Sam Kean

    Transworld 2014; US$ 29.07

    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... more...

  • The Violinist's Thumbby Sam Kean

    Little, Brown and Company 2012; US$ 2.99

    From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. In The Disappearing Spoon , bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There... more...

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