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Sam Kean
Sam Kean
New York Times-bestselling author of six narrative science history books, including Disappearing Spoon and Icepick Surgeon
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Sam

The wild and fun side of science

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I write books and podcasts about the strange, funny, unusual side of science history.

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I have the smartest readers in the world and love hearing their takes. Go ahead and drop me a line!

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— SPK
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The Icepick Surgeon

Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

Science is a force for good in the world—at least usually. But sometimes, when obsession gets the better of scientists, they twist a noble pursuit into something sinister. Under this spell, knowledge isn’t everything, it’s the only thing—no matter the cost. Bestselling author Sam Kean tells the true story of what happens when unfettered ambition pushes otherwise rational men and women to cross the line in the name of science, trampling ethical boundaries and often committing crimes in the process.

"Kean is a gifted raconteur… [in The Icepick Surgeon] you’ll find a series of gripping stories about evil scientific deeds, corrupt rivalries and skulduggery—with real skulls."

John Schwartz, New York Times Book Review

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Caesar's Last Breath

Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
And Other True Tales of History, Science, and the Sextillions of Molecules in the Air Around Us

In Caesar’s Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

"Fascinating stories, so insightful, informative, and disarmingly written. It gave this astronaut a new respect for the air around us all, and made me delightfully more aware of each breath I take."

Col. Chris Hadfield, author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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