Sam Kean's Disappearing Spoon


Each video in this classroom resource series tells the story of an element from the periodic table. The name of the series may be familiar to you because the video content has been adapted, with author involvement, from the widely popular book, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, by Sam Kean.
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    Arsenic Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about arsenic, a deadly element that was once referred to as the "Inheritance Powder".

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    Cadmium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about cadmium.

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    Astatine Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about astatine, the rarest element in the universe.

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    Gallium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gallium.

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    Gold Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about gold.

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    Helium Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about helium.

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    Hydrogen Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about hydrogen.

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    Manganese Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about manganese.

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    Mercury Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about Mercury.

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    Phosphorous Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells the story of how phosphorus was at the center of the race to discover the structure of DNA.

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    Silicon Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about silicon.

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    Aluminum Video

    In this video, Sam Kean tells stories about aluminum.