Why did Gandhi hate iodine?
Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium?
How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation?
And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?
The Periodic Table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. During this free lecture, best-selling author Sam Kean discusses his book The Disappearing Spoon, delving into every single element on the table and explaining each one's role in science, money, mythology, war, the arts, medicine, alchemy, and other areas of human history, from the Big Bang through the end of time.
Sam Kean's books, "The Disappearing Spoon" and "The Violinist's Thumb" will both be available for sale at the event.
For photos and or information about Sam Kean, please visit: http://samkean.com/
Presented by: American Chemical Society
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COSI, Columbus, Ohio's dynamic Center of Science and Industry, inspires the scientists, dreamers, and innovators of tomorrow. Opened in 1964 at Memorial Hall in downtown Columbus, COSI moved in 1999 to a new 320,000-square-foot home designed by internationally-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, creating one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. COSI continues to represent a significant investment in the economic development and community revitalization of downtown Columbus.