Sam Kean, New York Times bestselling author and will be visiting Murray State University’s campus on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Kean is the featured speaker for the 2011 Gary Boggess Distinguished Lecture. Sponsored by the MSU college of science, engineering and technology, the lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 1212 Jones Hall (Chemistry Building). A book signing will immediately follow in the Jones Hall Entrance Lobby.

Kean is most recently noted for his book released in 2010, The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. The book magnifies and dissects the various elements found on the periodic table, detailing their discovery and providing an enthralling discourse into their different roles in history.

With one of Amazon’s top 10 books pertaining to the field of science, Kean is no stranger to the praises of critics. TIME magazine hails the book, saying it’s “a nonfiction piece to make you sound smart over summertime gin and tonics.” There is equal praise from Entertainment Weekly, which notes that Kean’s writing style has “the anecdotal flourishes of Oliver Sacks and the populist accessibility of Malcolm Gladwell.”

The lecture, named after Dr. Gary Boggess, the former dean of the college of science at MSU, is free and open to the public.

For more information on Kean, visit his website at or for additional details on the lecture, contact Rhonda Rogers at

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