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Oct 02 2012 I intended to read Sam Kean's new book The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius as Written by our Genetic Code just for fun. I was expecting a miscellany of trivia loosely gathered around the theme of DNA.
Kean's new book is "The Violinist's Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius." It's a tour de force of science reporting, highlighting recent research on how much our genetic code determines our destiny. The title comes from the thumbs of
On Aug. 6, 1945, a man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was running late to his job at the Mitsubishi headquarters in Hiroshima. When the bomb hit, he was far enough away to survive the blast, but not far enough to escape immediate radiation burns.
Firing it generated so much heat, the steel of its barrel had to be reinforced with molybdenum. Photograph: Corbis At the heart of Sam Kean's book is a refreshing idea: to tell the story of the periodic table almost entirely in terms of material
The Periodic Table, which graphically illustrates their relationships, has a certain cachet and hangs on many walls; Tom Lehrer wrote a song, "The Elements", which demonstrates that the names scan well...Dr Johnson sternly put his finger on the
Gold is the incorruptible' element; it does not bond with others. Photograph: Gallery Collection/Corbis After the rise of Adolf Hitler, two of Germany's leading liberal scientists, Max von Laue and James Franck, sent their Nobel medals to the great
How to explain the allure of mercury and helium Science journalist deftly brings to life the periodic table of elements. Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of Elements.
The Disappearing Spoon" by Sam Kean This article appears courtesy of the Barnes & Noble Review . When I was a child, my dentist once gave me a small sample of mercury to take home in a tiny jar. (It helps when your dentist is also your cousin.) I