The Virginia Section of American Chemical Society presents a talk by NY Times best-selling author Sam Kean. Kean is the author of The Disappearing Spoon, which is currently #9 on the NY Times list of best sellers. From Amazon.com:
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?*
The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it’s also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. The Disappearing Spoon masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery–from the Big Bang through the end of time.
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Auditorium (Room 1107),
Academic Learning Commons
1000 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23284
Free tickets are available in the Oliver Hall Chemistry Office, Room 3041
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