"In fact, you can even try this yourself at home. Take a pencil, cut away the eraser, and sharpen both ends. If you connect a multimeter or voltage tester across the pencil, you can measure the inherent electrical properties of particular pencil. You can even make a functioning graphite circuit on a piece of paper simply by drawing dark lines on the paper with a pencil and connecting a batter. If you attach a light-emitting diode (LED) to the circuit, the LED will light up!"
So far I'm enjoying this book far more than The Disappearing Spoon and the authors did a far better job of describing the basics of the periodic table. Perhaps it's easier when you focus mainly on carbon.
There are a few asides, but they're probably justifiable, like the one that added extra info on the first woman to be nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Society even though she wasn't related to the main text. Possibly that should have been a footnote though.
Why can't Flat Books nominate books like these? I suppose it could go downhill from here, but still...