• Kean has Bill Bryson's comic touch... a lively history of the elements and the characters behind their discovery

    New Scientist
  • A wealth of fascinating stories with a dazzling cast of heroes and villains. Written with gusto and backed by a mind-boggling amount of research, this is a real page turner

    Robert Matthews, Daily Telegraph
  • One of the most readable and entertaining books about science yet published ... [Kean] is master of enlightening metaphors

    Daily Express
  • The periodic table meets the best-seller list with Sam Kean's Disappearing Spoon, an engaging tour of the elements... with the éclat of raw sodium dropped in a beaker of water

    The New York Times
  • the anecdotal flourishes of Oliver Sacks and the populist accessibility of Malcolm Gladwell

    Entertainment Weekly

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