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4.0 von 5 Sternen Popular Science of the Chemical Elements
If you never really had an interest in Chemistry or it has been a long time since you have taken courses in this subject, this book is not a review of Chemistry; but a really good look at the "background" of the human dimensions and some of the esoteric advances of Chemistry as seen through the discovery of the elements and the development of the periodic table over...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Februar 2012 von J. Kimbrough

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Langweiliges Buch
Eine Sammlung von relativ langweiligen und altbekannten Anekdoten aus dem Bereich Chemie. Es gibt in dem Bereich Chemie-Geschichte deutlich bessere und unterhaltsamere Bücher.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Popular Science of the Chemical Elements, 3. Februar 2012
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If you never really had an interest in Chemistry or it has been a long time since you have taken courses in this subject, this book is not a review of Chemistry; but a really good look at the "background" of the human dimensions and some of the esoteric advances of Chemistry as seen through the discovery of the elements and the development of the periodic table over time.

The author has a "unique" sense of humor and his writing style gets you into the "feel" of the vignettes he writes about the various elements and people who discovered them. Having a BA in Chemistry ( I never really used it in my career over 35 years), from this book I learned a lot of historical facts about Chemistry my professors never told me or some of the unique uses and "bizarre" properties of the chemical elements.

This is very good popular science book and I recommend it to someone who is not into the "science" of science of Chemistry, but wants to learn about the elements with a historical & "sociological" prospective.

The graphics and footnotes in the kindle edition worked well. I had to print a copy of the periodic table out to review when I was reading. It was too difficult with the kindle to "jump" to the included periodic table which is always easier done with a book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Eclectic Oddity That Charms, 22. Dezember 2010
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"For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." -- 2 Corinthians 13:8 (NKJV)

In recent years, science has increasingly been described in new ways by clever writers who can combine several parts of entertainment with every foundational bit of information. For me, The Disappearing Spoon represents a new element, one that has more entertainment ingredients than ever before . . . but also a good bass line that continually develops the theme of how atoms and subatomic particles behave. It's a whole new kind of jazz, and I liked it.

I also like boysenberry pie, but if I eat too much of that delight, it doesn't agree with me. At times I felt the same way about The Disappearing Spoon, as it often overfilled me with cocktail tidbits that didn't really advance the story.

The book's overall design is to describe how the periodic table evolved and what can be understood by looking at the placement of various elements. I must admit that it was all vaguely familiar. It must have been covered in some chemistry or geology class I took along the way. So far so good. A positive addition was an update on newer elements, discoveries about older elements, a connection to quantum mechanics, and a link to biology. Very nice.

Mr. Kean acutely fleshes out his tales with many references to the scientists, how facts were uncovered or obscured, and more than a few ironies about Nobel prizes and personal habits. It's sort of history of science with a gossipy slant.

To demonstrate key points, the book draws on well-known historical moments to demonstrate how science can shed new light on events that puzzle and fascinate the public. Some of this works well (such as in dealing with spy poisonings) but less well in other cases (the uniforms the French wore on the way to Moscow). A good editor could have tightened up this aspect quite a bit.

There's also some plain old gossip. I could have done without that.

The book also takes random dives in dating various things, but does so in a sporadic fashion that didn't add much to the story . . . other than to show that scientists can make mistakes, too.

Did I have fun? Sure. But the information I'll retain could have been neatly captured into about a quarter of the space. I'm not sure I had that much fun to warrant the extra length.

I also notice that the publisher charges way too much for the Kindle version. How scientific is that?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gut zu lesen und unterhalsam!, 18. März 2014
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Sam Kean versteht es auf spaßige Art einem das Periodensystem näher zu bringen. Und auch ich als Chemie-Student lerne hier noch neue Anekdoten kennen :)
Kann man sehr gut weiter empfehlen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gutes Buch, 22. Dezember 2013
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Meinem Vater hat dieses Buch supergut gefallen. Er ist 79! Das Buch wurde, glaube ich, von New Scientist empfohlen empfohlen.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Langweiliges Buch, 17. Mai 2013
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Eine Sammlung von relativ langweiligen und altbekannten Anekdoten aus dem Bereich Chemie. Es gibt in dem Bereich Chemie-Geschichte deutlich bessere und unterhaltsamere Bücher.
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