The Disappearing Spoon
by Sam Kean
Progress: 31 of 346 pages (9%)
Admittedly, Chemistry was probably my worst subject in school (both high school and college). So why I decided that I'd just casually join in on this month's Flat Book Society read is beyond me. Maybe I just thought that, not being a required read for some class, I'd be able to enjoy it more... or at least not fret as much about what I'm understanding.
And really, the only thing that I've gotten out of this book so far is that the outlining is atrocious. Don't get me wrong, the writing isn't terrible, and the subject matter has lots of potential--some of the information is actually pretty interesting. And when I actually understand one of the paragraphs after deciphering all the chemistry jargon, I think I might have learned something new.
Not that that's helpful, because I promptly turn around and forget what I've just learned. It probably doesn't help that the organization of the telling feels pretty scattered. The author jumps from one thing to another, and then back so quickly that I'm at a point where I just quietly move on because I'm embarrassed to admit that I had no idea what he was trying to present.
There is SO MUCH jargon. This does not feel like a science book for casual readers who enjoy fun science. This feels like a lot of chemical name-dropping.
Meanwhile, I had fallen asleep twice reading just the introduction. And we hadn't gotten to the elements yet. Not really. And I'm not sure who's fault that is--mine or the book's. Maybe I just don't have the capacity to follow the content?
I'm probably going to give this book a few more chapters to see how well I fare. I mean, I took chemistry classes and I work in a hospital lab. Some of this stuff HAS to make sense at some point, right? No matter that I really wasn't all that great at chemistry, mind you.