Struggling with distance learning? The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of. This, in turn, shows that the table originally developed by Mendeleev is not the only way to know the elements—other frameworks have been used and might be used again in the future. While at times this might be a little confusing, it also highlights a sense of continuity between scientific understanding of the elements before and after the invention of the periodic table. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. Summary: In chapter 3, Kean begins by talking about Robert Bunsen whose arsenic obsession led to an explosion that made him half blind. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our, The Disappearing Spoon: Most people are familiar with the table but they might be intimidated or uninspired by it. Robert Bunsen simply improved upon it. Next, the author talks about Dmitri Mendeleev, the man accredited for creating the first periodic table. Mendeleev's rival Julius Lothar Meyer also worked on his own periodic table. In The Disappearing Spoon, Kean hopes to tell stories about the ways in which the periodic table interacts with human culture. He was a German chemist who successfully improved the Bunsen burner and made it popular. Chapter 3. The Disappearing Spoon: Chapter 3: The Galápagos of the Periodic Table. The Disappearing Spoon: Chapter 3. (including. He begins by talking about Robert Bunsen and how he didn't invent the Bunsen Burner notoriously named after him. The difference between the two men was that Mendeleev actually predicted the new elements that were yet to be found. While alchemists worked with elements, they didn’t necessarily understand them very well and they often relied on magical or superstitious explanations for what they were doing. At the same time, there is something admirable—if a little alarming—about Bunsen’s fearlessness in the face of chemical danger. He then moved on to start working with arsenic. Some of the scientists who made the most important contributions to the periodic table turned to spiritualism, were deeply or sexist, or—as in Mendeleev’s case—ended up refuting basic scientific principles. Yet embracing radical anti-authoritarianism was considered one step too far, no matter how great his achievements. “Would not have made it through AP Literature without the printable PDFs. As this passage shows, a scientist (like Mendeleev) can. In chapter 3, the author begins with talking about Robert Bunsen and how he perfected the Bunsen burner and with his obsession with arsenic and how an explosion left him half blind for the last 60 years of his life. Kean jumps back and forth in time between before and after the periodic table was invented. "My students can't get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof." Again, while many elements have been found by scientists sitting around making calculations and performing experiments in the laboratory, some have been discovered in a more classic sense, in that they were literally found existing in their natural state. Thursday, August 4, 2016 The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean Chapter 3 Summary/Reflextion In this chapter, Sam Kean first introduces the German chemist Robert Bunsen who didn't actually invent the burner but improved upon it. Chapter 3 of the “Disappearing Spoon” book starts off by continuing after what the ending of chapter 2 was talking about: the people that got credit that they didn’t deserve, the people that deserved to have more credit than they got, and the people that didn’t any credit at all. These stories from the life of Robert Bunsen show how dangerous working with elements can be. Saturday, August 13, 2016. They're like having in-class notes for every discussion!”, “This is absolutely THE best teacher resource I have ever purchased. These two methods of doing science often work together—indeed, scientific inquiry would not be possible without the involvement of both of them—but sometimes they can clash. Chapter 3: The Galápagos of the Periodic Table, Chapter 3: The Galápagos of the Periodic Table, Chapter 6: Completing the Table…with a Bang, Chapter 7: Extending the Table, Expanding the Cold War, Chapter 10: Take Two Elements, Call Me in the Morning, Chapter 16: Chemistry Way, Way Below Zero, Chapter 17: Spheres of Splendor: The Science of Bubbles, Chapter 18: Tools of Ridiculous Precision, Chapter 19: Above (and Beyond) the Periodic Table. Instant downloads of all 1377 LitChart PDFs By Alexander Escalante. The Disappearing Spoon. Kean goes on to introduce and give short biographies of the people who built the periodic table. It is more often the case that experiments prove a theory wrong, but as this passage shows, sometimes it can work the other way around.