The Disappearing Spoon-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Disappearing Spoon

Book signing to follow talk.

Thursday, October 11, 2012     |     4:30 pm, Porter Hall #100

Sam Kean is an independent writer.

Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? Why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The Periodic Table may be one of humanity's crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, folly, betrayal, and obsession. The Disappearing Spoon finds the hidden human stories behind carbon, neon, gold, and every single other element on the table.

Sam Kean's new book is The Violinist's Thumb, a romp through the human genome. Kean writes for Science magazine, and his work has been featured on "Radiolab" and NPR's "All Things Considered," among other shows. The Disappearing Spoon, a New York Times bestseller, was his first book.