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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 Elements

10 minutes
The human stories behind the periodic table of elements.

Why does the periodic table look the way it does, and how did it come to be? In this Snapshot, you will learn about the origins of the periodic table of elements and the many people who helped put it together, as well as how the periodic table has played a role in shaping medicine, global politics, and literature. Most importantly, you will see how the stories behind the periodic table offer a new perspective on the human experience.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in the intersection of anthropology, art, and science
  • Care about the people and the discoveries that facilitated modern science
  • Want to understand the relationship between humans and their scientific work
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