Books by Sam Kean

Released: April 3, 2018

"Not for a general audience, this will most likely attract readers already in their element among beakers and Bunsen burners. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This adaptation of a book for adults meanders through the history, uses, and misuses of the periodic table's elements. Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"Great fun for general readers curious about our world and an especially appropriate gift for a young person considering a career in the sciences."
A witty book that turns the science of the stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. Read full book review >
Released: May 6, 2014

"Compulsively readable, wicked scientific fun."
Neurosurgery has come a long way since the 16th century, and this series of historical anecdotes traces the many people who, often by suffering horrific injuries, allowed the study and treatment of brain trauma to evolve and become the sophisticated field it is today. Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 2012

"In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers."
Science writer Kean (The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, 2010) returns with another wide-ranging, entertaining look at science history, this time focusing on the many mysteries of DNA. Read full book review >
Released: July 12, 2010

"Entertaining and enlightening."
In his debut, Science magazine reporter Kean uses the periodic table as a springboard for an idiosyncratic romp through the history of science. Read full book review >