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Sam Kean’s “The Disappearing Spoon” — One Heck Of A Mind Expanding Book.

by Anura Guruge


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This is one heck of a book. I was going to say it was mind blowing, but that was, I realized, the wrong description. It is mind expanding. It is filled, chock-a-block with fascinating information and insights on every page. I learnt so much.

I already did two posts on subjects I learnt from this book: silver (and Argyria) & iodine.

I had never heard of him until this last March. Then, on a Sunday, on NPR, they read excerpts from his book “The Violinist’s Thumb“. I was hooked. I wanted to read the whole book. I went looking for it on Amazon and found all three of his books. As is my wont, when it comes to authors, I ordered all three.

I decided to start with the ‘Spoon‘ because I do have an affinity to elements.

Wow. I wish this book had been around 50-years ago when I was studying chemistry. I would have learnt so much more.

It should be a MUST READ for all high school kids doing chemistry. It will make chemistry that much more real.

Though well and amusingly written, it is NOT an easy book to read. It is technical and some of his very technical explanations are not as clearly explained by Sam. I ended up doing more research on my own.

If you like chemistry, do yourself a favor and read this book. It will enrich your life and expand your mind.


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Is Your Brain Getting The Iodine It Needs To Function?

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As I mentioned last week, in the context of ‘Argyria‘, are I am reading this (⇓) pretty amazing book about the Periodic Table & the Elements by Sam Kean.

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Though I did 7-years of chemistry in school I am sure I never learnt the stuff I am finding out from this book. I am learning something new in nearly every paragraph and I love learning new things.

But, what I learned about Iodine last night gave me quite the scare.

Our brain needs iodine. Without iodine our brain doesn’t work as well as it should. For a start it impacts your memory.

But, here was the kicker. Most people get all the iodine they (and their brain) need from iodised salt — i.e., salt with iodine added to it.

And that was the problem. I AVOID salt and I have been on basically a salt-free diet since I was 7.

So, was this the reason I have always struggled with matters requiring intelligence. As I get older my brain, noticeably, is even more sluggish than it used to be.

So, had I been depriving my brain of iodine.

Well, iodine deficiency or not, I knew that I did get salt in my diet from salad dressings, ketchup, the TONS of ham I eat, the ZILLIONS of sausages I pack away etc. So, I was slightly assuaged. But, I wanted to do more research in the morning.

Morning came. I was thinking about it. Then I remembered that I take the Walmart-brand Centrum Silver for Men and have been taking it (or a ‘plain’ multivitamin prior to that) for decades. I went and checked the label. WOW. Iodine was on the label and I was supposedly getting 100% of what I am supposed to ingest. What a relief.

Again, this is probably not an issue for most of you. My issue was that I don’t imbibe in salt — iodised salt. That was what got me concerned.



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‘Argyria’, Turning Blue, Permanently, From Ingesting Too Much Silver!

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I had never heard of it, or seen any pictures of blue people, until I read about ‘Argyria’ in the above book last night. Wow. And here is the craziest thing — this permanent blueness MIGHT not kill ya! Silver is a very powerful antibacterial. Hence, why some folks go overboard taking it.

This book by Sam Kean is pretty amazing. I actually bought 3 of his books; this being the first I am reading. It is all about the elements, the periodic table and atoms. Pretty technical stuff BUT I am loving it because I am learning something fascinating on every page. So much about the elements, especially the obscure ones, that I knew nothing about. This book is not ‘light’ Summer reading BUT if you want to learn about the elements it is excellent.

As for the spoon. Gallium. Ever heard of gallium? I had not. Remember I did chemistry nearly 40-years ago. In those days we didn’t go too deep into the periodic table.

Actually, have you ever wondered WHY it is called the periodic table rather than say ‘Table of Elements’?

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Are You In Your Element When You Think?

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Sent to me by my ex-coworker from the 1980s, Patrice Bourgeois, the same one who came up with those ingenious, inexpensive bookends.

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There Has NEVER EVER Been A Google Doodle For Abraham Lincoln!

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I did a thorough search, yet again, of Google’s Doodle Archive to make sure. Nothing!

Yes, I know that Google has some policy about avoiding politics and (U.S.) political figures.

But, there have been Google Doodle’s for Martin Luther King DAY (and the key here is that the Doodle is ostensibly to mark the ‘Day’ as opposed to MLK per se), Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

Way I see it is IF you can have a Google Doodle for Mandela YOU can have one for Lincoln. They were BOTH presidents — so as such were on the same rung politically to speak of. Only difference is that Nelson wasn’t American. Seems wrong.

I can’t see anybody (even from the Confederate States) objecting to a Google Doodle for Abe.

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Last Google Doodles:
>> Valentine’s Day 2016.
>> Dmitri Mendeleev of Periodic fame.

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Valentine’s Day 2016 – Blush Inducing, Rather Touching Google Doodle.

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Prior Google Doodles for Valentine’s Day
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Last Google Doodles:
>> Dmitri Mendeleev of Periodic fame.
>> 2016 Chinese New Year.

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Periodic Table Game: How Many “In My Element” Can YOU Make, Other Than Beer & Wine.

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Yesterday was the 182nd birth anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev, the creator of the Periodic Table — and Google commemorated it, albeit just in a few countries, with quite a nice Google Doodle.

And then there is this VERY CLEVER “Periodically I am in my Element” T-shirt — the ‘element’ in this case Be (4) + ER (68).

Got me thinking, what OTHER ‘elements’ that we would LIKE to be in can we create using the symbols? I even provide you with a Periodic Table right here.

Yes, if I use 3 symbols I can make MY element: W (74) + I (53) + Ne (10) = WINE. Yes, that makes me HAPPY (in every sense).

I guess because of its connotation as the unknown value there is NO ‘X‘, though there is indeed an Xe (54). So that makes it hard to make my most favorite element though I can get a head start with Se (34).

Go ahead. See what YOU can make it. Enjoy.


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Saw it in December 2015, in Hanover, NH,

at the “Salt Hill Pub“,
after Christmas Revels 2015 (North).

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>> 2016 Chinese New Year.
>> Frederick Douglas.

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Google Doodle For Russian Creator Of The Periodic Table — Dmitri Mendeleev.

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Description provided, as is now the norm, by Google.

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BEST Periodic Table ‘joke’ I have ever seen.

Saw it in December 2015, in Hanover, NH,
at the “Salt Hill Pub“,

after Christmas Revels 2015 (North).

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Last Google Doodles:
>> 2016 Chinese New Year.
>> Frederick Douglas.

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