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New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean will visit UT from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, to talk about his book The Disappearing Spoon.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Science and Engineering Research Facility, Room 307.

There will be a question-and-answer session with Kean after the talk, and he will sign copies of his book. Books will be available to purchase at the event.

Kean’s book and lecture will delve into the secrets behind the periodic table of elements and by looking into the initial discoveries. By pairing science and intrigue with history and investigation, Kean follows these elements through their individual roles in human history from the Big Bang through the end of time.

In addition to The Disappearing Spoon, Kean’s other books, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons and The Violinist’s Thumb, were named Amazon top science books of the year. His work has appeared in The Best American Nature and Science Writing, New Yorker, Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today, Slate, and other publications.



Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,