The Disappearing Spoon was a good book. I enjoyed most of it, learned some new things, and in general had a fine time reading the book. It was science-y without being inaccessible to those of us who have barely allowed a science textbook to soil our liberal artsy hands. I had no idea chemistry, physics, and the periodic table were so fraught with drama.
That said, my failure to barely allow a science textbook to soil my liberal artsy hands did inhibit me just a little as I read this book. It wasn't like I couldn't grasp what the author was telling me, it's just that I probably did not grasp the finer points that would make this book truly enjoyable to someone with a more robust science background. And truth be told, I really could have used some illustrations that might have enabled me to better understand some of the more basic principles the author was talking about (e.g., a diagram of how atoms share electrons would have gone miles in helping me to understand, well, the entire book). Thank heaven the author's writing style was so down-to-earth, otherwise I'd have never made it through this one. Still, it was interesting, and moderately entertaining, and I suppose it would be even more entertaining to those people who have actually taken more than one science class in school. Not a waste of time.