Best-selling author Sam Kean will present at Missouri State University’s Plaster Student Union Theater on Wednesday, March 30th from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., with a book signing following the presentation. He will speak about his book “The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.” Admission to the event is free (parking info).
In “The Disappearing Spoon” Kean tells the lively tale of each of the elements, the part they play in history and the interesting personalities who discovered them. He writes “[b]etween hydrogen at the top left and the man-made impossibilities lurking along the bottom, you can find bubbles, bombs, money, alchemy, petty politics, history, poison, crime, and love. Even some science.”
Kean’s official bio: Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he’s a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other places, and his work has been featured on “Radiolab” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” among other shows. His books The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb were national bestsellers, and both were named an Amazon “Top 5” science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was nominated by the Royal Society for one of the top science books of 2010, while both The Violinist’s Thumb and The Dueling Neurosurgeons were nominated for PEN’s literary science writing award.
This event is sponsored by the Missouri State University Chemistry Department Advisory Board, Missouri State University College of Natural & Applied Sciences and Ozarks Local Section of the American Chemical Society.