The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell

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Harper Collins, Nov 7, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 207 pages
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The Secret of Scent is a book about science by way of art, in which the author's passion for perfume leads him to the scientific mystery of what makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose.

Readers who know Luca Turin as the lively central figure in Chandler Burr's The Emperor of Scent will remember the ongoing debate between two competing theories of smell—one based on molecular shape, the other on molecular vibrations. Now Turin himself describes in detail the science, evidence, and long history of this debate, from the beginnings of organic chemistry to the present day, and pays homage to those before him who got it right. This fascinating and accessible account will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about smell, still the most mysterious of the senses.

  

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Review: The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Luca gives fascinating insight into the chemistry, psychology, and business of the science of smell. Simultaneously erudite and poetic, he had me googling Kandinsky and aldehyde. Read full review

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Contents

memory
14
Feynmans answer
28
A problem of nomenclature
43
A bit of biology
82
The smell alphabet
97
The smell in the mirror
102
His Big Idea
118
Searching for the way it works
132
Giaevers leap
146
the polarograph
159
Revelation in Portugal
172
The future of fragrance
189
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About the author (2006)

Luca Turin holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of London. Since 1996 he has worked on primary olfactory reception and the prediction of odor character. In 2001 he became chief technical officer of Flexitral, where he uses his theory of olfaction to design new fragrances and flavor molecules.

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