The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean

Call me late to the party but when I was visiting my sister in London this weekend, I happened upon The Disappearing Spoon and I had seen so much of it recently, I couldn't leave without it.

 

The authors mentions his fascination for the element Mercury, and it's one of the elements I've also loved since I was a kid because I liked the name of it (in Dutch) : Kwik (from quicksilver).

 

I'm only 20 pages in, but one note already. In my edition the side notes are all collected at the back rather than at the bottom of the pages. It will need some getting used to and I'll need a bookmark...