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Kean, Sam

Overview
Works: 57 works in 250 publications in 11 languages and 10,069 library holdings
Genres: Trivia and miscellanea  Miscellanea  Popular works  Juvenile works  Tables (Data)  History  Essays  Children's audiobooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Sam Kean
The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements by Sam Kean( Book )

29 editions published between 2010 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history. The usual suspects are here, like Marie Curie (and her radioactive journey to the discovery of polonium and radium) and William Shockley (who is credited, not exactly justly, with the discovery of the silicon transistor)--but the more obscure characters provide some of the best stories, like Paul Emile François Lecoq de Boisbaudran, whose discovery of gallium, a metal with a low melting point, gives this book its title: a spoon made of gallium will melt in a cup of tea.--From publisher description
The violinist's thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code by Sam Kean( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future"--
The tale of the dueling neurosurgeons : the history of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness, and recovery by Sam Kean( Book )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike--strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents--and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. Parents suddenly couldn't recognize their own children. Pillars of the community became pathological liars. Some people couldn't speak but could still sing. Sam Kean explains the brain's secret passageways and recounts forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.--From publisher description
Caesar's last breath : decoding the secrets of the air around us by Sam Kean( Book )

15 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Polish and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A round-the-globe journey through the periodic table explains how the air people breathe reflects the world's history, tracing the origins and ingredients of the atmosphere to explain air's role in reshaping continents, steering human progress, and powering revolutions
The disappearing spoon : [and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements] by Sam Kean( Recording )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The periodic table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in The Disappearing Spoon
The best American science and nature writing 2015 by Rebecca(editor) Skloot( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of nature and science essays published in American periodicals in 2014
The violinist's thumb by Sam Kean( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding DNA can help us understand how our bodies and, to some extent, minds work. But understanding the limits of DNA will also help us understand how our bodies and minds don't work
The tale of the dueling neurosurgeons : the history of the human brain as revealed by true stories of trauma, madness, and recovery by Sam Kean( Recording )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early studies of the functions of the human brain used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike--strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, horrendous accidents--and see how the victim coped. In many cases survival was miraculous, and observers could only marvel at the transformations that took place afterward, altering victims' personalities. An injury to one section can leave a person unable to recognize loved ones; some brain trauma can even make you a pathological gambler, pedophile, or liar. But a few scientists realized that these injuries were an opportunity for studying brain function at its extremes. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explains the brain's secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible
The best American science and nature writing 2018 by Sam Kean( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is one of the most exciting times in the history of science," New York Times-bestselling author Sam Kean proclaims in his introduction to The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018. "Things aren't perfect by any means. But there are more scientists making more discoveries in more places about more things than ever before." The twenty-six pieces assembled here chart the full spectrum of those discoveries. From the outer reaches of space, to the mysteries of the human mind, to the changing culture in labs and universities across the nation, we see time and again the sometimes rocky, sometimes revelatory road to understanding, and along the way catch a glimpse of all that's left to learn
Caesar's last breath : decoding the secrets of the air around us by Sam Kean( Recording )

14 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which is also the story of earth and our existence on it
The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements by Sam Kean( Recording )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores intriguing tales about every element of the periodic table, sharing their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, evil, love, the arts, and the lives of the colorful scientists who discovered them
Guerres et paix chez les atomes ou L'histoire du monde racontée à travers la table périodique des éléments by Sam Kean( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschrijving van en wetenswaardigheden over de elementen van het periodiek systeem
Caesar's last breath : the epic story of the air around us by Sam Kean( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A round-the-globe journey through the periodic table explains how the air people breathe reflects the world's history, tracing the origins and ingredients of the atmosphere to explain air's role in reshaping continents, steering human progress, and powering revolutions
Adventures in memory : the science and secrets of remembering and forgetting by Hilde Østby( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With playfulness and intelligence, Adventures in Memory answers these questions and more, offering an illuminating look at one of our most fascinating faculties. The authors--two Norwegian sisters, one a neuropsychologist and the other an acclaimed writer--skillfully interweave history, research, and exceptional personal stories, taking readers on a captivating exploration of the evolving understanding of the science of memory from the Renaissance discovery of the hippocampus--named after the seahorse it resembles--up to the present day. Mixing metaphor with meta-analysis, they embark on an incredible journey: "diving for seahorses" for a memory experiment in Oslo fjord, racing taxis through London, and "time-traveling" to the future to reveal thought-provoking insights into remembering and forgetting. Along the way they interview experts of all stripes, from the world's top neuroscientists to famous novelists, to help explain how memory works, why it sometimes fails, and what we can do to improve it"--Amazon.com
The disappearing spoon and other tales of madness, love and the history of the world from the periodic table by Sam Kean( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The violinist's thumb : And other lost tales of love, war and genious as written by our genetic code by Sam Kean( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of human DNA has a valid claim to being the greatest story ever told. Sam Kean tells it stage by stage, leading us through the complexities of such vast subjects as genetic theory, the mechanics of natural selection, and the origins of life itself
The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of rivalry, adventure, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements by Sam Kean( Recording )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in this book follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them
The violinist's thumb : and other lost tales of love, war, and genius, as written by our genetic code by Sam Kean( Recording )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs
Xiao shi de tang chi by Sam Kean( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in Chinese and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements Guerres et paix chez les atomes ou L'histoire du monde racontée à travers la table périodique des éléments
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The disappearing spoon : [and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements]The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elementsGuerres et paix chez les atomes ou L'histoire du monde racontée à travers la table périodique des élémentsThe disappearing spoon and other tales of madness, love and the history of the world from the periodic table
Alternative Names
Kin, Saem

Sam Kean American author

Sam Kean schrijver uit Verenigde Staten van Amerika

샘 킨

킨, 샘

キーン, サム

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