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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$ 14.09

    ** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 ** ‘Popular science at its best’ Mail on Sunday ‘Eminently accessible and enjoyable’ Observer With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds in the Roman Senate, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding.... more...

  • The Disappearing Spoonby Sam Kean

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2018; US$ 20.00

    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... more...

  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018by Sam Kean; Tim Folger

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018; US$ 14.43

    Best-selling author Sam Kean edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing. more...

  • Adventures in Memoryby Hilde Østby; Ylva Østby; Sam Kean

    Greystone Books 2018; US$ 24.95

    A novelist and a neuroscientist uncover the secrets of human memory. What makes us remember? Why do we forget? And what, exactly, is a memory? With playfulness and intelligence, Adventures in Memory answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties. The authors—two Norwegian sisters, one... more...

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