Strange Tales from the Periodic Table: The Disappearing Spoon

Strange Tales from the Periodic Table: The Disappearing Spoon

 Joy of Science Channel: Extreme Chemistry Series

 The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. Join bestselling author Sam Kean as he returns to tell you the stories you never knew about table of elements you know all too well.

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What You Will Learn

  • The strange connection between mercury and Lewis and Clark
  • Why aluminum was once the most precious substance on earth
  • How the periodic table became a new theater for the Cold War
  • What are some of the most unusual alternative periodic tables out there

Click here to view Sam Kean’s Webinar, Genes and Geniuses: The Lost Human Story Buried in our DNA

Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of The Violinist’s Thumb (a look at lost human history buried in our DNA) and The Disappearing Spoon (a romp through the periodic table). He writes for Science, and his books have been featured on “Radiolab,” “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air.”




Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK. Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University. In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Dr. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge. He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988.


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2 Responses to “Strange Tales from the Periodic Table: The Disappearing Spoon”

  1. Tunde says:

    The book is involving, exciting, funny. A great way to teach science!

  2. admin says:


    We completely agree! Hope to see you in a few weeks for Sam Kean’s ACS Webinar.
    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

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