2 Reasons to Read The Disappearing Spoon:
High School Chemistry: Your most powerful memory of the periodic table from high school chemistry class in confusion. Perhaps we should give Kean's book to every 11th grade chem student, let them come to the class with some context and enthusiasm.
Colleagues in the Chemistry Department: Step 1: Read book. Step 2: Take chemistry professor out for long lunch. Step 3: Regale her with your knowledge and amusing stories about the elements and their discoverers.
Or you could just read The Disappearing Spoon because you are a science geek, love great writing, and are overjoyed when the two come together.
Anyone want to go to coffee to discuss hydrogen, lithium, sodium, potassium, boron and carbon?
What are you reading?