Sam Kean, New York Times bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon, will visit the on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m.
Kean will discuss the intrigues of the periodic table, as featured in his book, such as why Gandhi hated iodine, how Marie Curie was almost ruined by radium, and why Godzilla was bombarded with missiles made from cadmium.
According to Kean, the periodic table was one of mankind's crowning scientific achievements, becoming, "a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession."
Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and is now a writer based in Washington, D.C.
His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and Science, and has been featured on NPR's "Radiolab" and "All Things Considered."
The Disappearing Spoon is Kean's first book. More information about Sam Kean can be found on his website here.
For more information on the program, contact librarian Lisa Back at 410.386.4500, ext. 3196, or Ann Wisner at 410.386.4500, ext. 3152.
The event, for ages 14 and above, is free with seating on a first come, first served basis.