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Elemental tales of love, intrigue, and history | 2010 BioTechniques Holiday Gift Guide

12/16/2010
Suzanne E. Winter

The bedtime stories the Brothers Grimm never got around to writing.

Bookmark and Share We may need to add Sam Kean to the list of Mother Goose, Brothers Grimm, Rudyard Kipling, and other authors whose stories explain morality and choice with a sprinkling of history for good measure. Approaching the world from the viewpoint of the periodic table of the elements, Kean tackles the bizarre fads and facts emanating from these materials and makes biology, chemistry, physics, politics, and even love more exciting for the literary scientist.

Some of these stories may be a bit more suitable for mom and dad, but with some careful selection, you can nestle your junior researcher all snug in her bed while visions of gallium sugar spoons dance in her head.

This New York Times Bestseller is bound to make the periodic table leap off the wall and come alive for kids and parents alike.

The Disappearing Spoon: and other true tales of madness, love and the history of the world from the periodic table of elements by Sam Kean
$16.49 on Amazon

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