Table of Contents for Disappearing Spoon : And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements


Introduction 3(8)
Part I Orientation: Column by Column, Row by Row
1 Geography Is Destiny
11(21)
2 Near Twins and Black Sheep: The Genealogy of Elements
32(15)
3 The Galapagos of the Periodic Table
47(18)
Part II Making Atoms, Breaking Atoms
4 Where Atoms Come From: "We Are All Star Stuff"
65(16)
5 Elements in Times of War
81(17)
6 Completing the Table... with a Bang
98(17)
7 Extending the Table, Expanding the Cold War
115(20)
Part III Periodic Confusion: The Emergence of Complexity
8 From Physics to Biology
135(17)
9 Poisoner's Corridor: "Ouch-Ouch"
152(9)
10 Take Two Elements, Call Me in the Morning
161(25)
11 How Elements Deceive
186(17)
Part IV The Elements of Human Character
12 Political Elements
203(19)
13 Elements as Money
222(16)
14 Artistic Elements
238(17)
15 An Element of Madness
255(22)
Part V Element Science Today and Tomorrow
16 Chemistry Way, Way Below Zero
277(18)
17 Spheres of Splendor: The Science of Bubbles
295(19)
18 Tools of Ridiculous Precision
314(17)
19 Above (and Beyond) the Periodic Table
331(16)
Acknowledgments and Thanks 347(2)
Notes and Errata 349(28)
Bibliography 377(2)
Index 379(13)
The Periodic Table of the Elements 392