Dr. Joe's Brain Sparks: 179 Inspiring and Enlightening Inquiries into the Science of Everyday Life (Google eBook)
Prepare to be amazed once again.
Did you know what when you shake a ketchup bottle you're practicing thixotropy? That the ancient Greeks made themselves look less ancient by inventing moisturizer? That the mysterious drug obecalp* is as effective as homeopathy and many herbal cures? From the bestselling author of An Apple a Day, Brain Fuel, and Science, Sense and Nonsense comes a fresh batch of inquiries into the science of everyday life. Dr. Joe, as he is affectionately known to millions of readers, listeners, viewers, and students, presents his third book in the Doubleday Canada series he launched with Brain Fuel.
Using a Q&A format, it explains the world through science, and science through our common experience. There are sections on diet and nutrition, new drugs, and the dubious claims made for alternative remedies and beauty potions. There is a profusion of inspiring, enlightening, sometime just downright bizarre information drawn from the laboratory, from history, from our medicine cabinets and the bottles under our sinks. Science is everywhere, and Dr. Joe is keeping track - and doing it in a marvelously warm, eminently readable style. Let the brain sparks fly!
*Try reading this word backwards.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Joe Schwarcz runs the McGill University Office for Science and Society, teaches chemistry and environmental topics, writes for two newspapers and has a national radio program. He is the most prominent public spokesman for science in Canada, and I have highlighted several of his previous books as "Picks". This is not his most recent book - that would be "Dr. Joe’s Health Lab", which I am not recommending for two reasons: first, it sounds more like pop health than chemistry, and second, I haven't read it! I have read this one, however, and I find that it fits right in with his other books about science for the public. My favorites are those that focus particularly on chemistry topics and especially that are built upon questions that members of his radio and newspaper audiences have submitted. "Radar, Hula Hoops, and Flying PIgs" fits those criteria, as does "The Genie in the Bottle" and "That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles", while "Dr. Joe and What You Didn’t Know" and the current volume are somewhat wider-ranging across science, rather than topics that are just chemistry ones. Further, the essays in "Brain Sparks" are based on questions that Schwarcz has made up, rather than anything that a sane person would likely ask. For example, here is the first question, on which is based an interesting essay on transplants and anti-rejection drugs: "A drug introduced in 1981, isolated from a soil fungus, revolutionized the transplantation of human organs. What drug was that?" [cyclosporin].
Review: Dr. Joe's Brain Sparks: 179 Inspiring and Enlightening Inquiries into the Science of Everyday LifeUser Review - Goodreads
I fear I won't remember even 10% of the facts, but I can always go back and look them up later I suppose. Dr. Joe has such a great way of making chemistry accessible to everyone. He makes learning fun.
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