The Genie in the Bottle: 68 All New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

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ECW Press, 2001 - Chemistry - 311 pages
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In THE GENIE IN THE BOTTLE Dr Joe Schwarcz blends quirky anecdotes about everyday chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science to create the funniest book about science currently available. In this book, readers will get a different twist on liquorice allsorts and travel to the dark side of the sun. They'll learn how to control stinky feet and bend spoons as well as minds. They'll hear about the latest on chocolate research; read about the ups of helium and the downs of drain cleaners. Find out how spies use secret links; and of course how acetone changed the course of human history. Dr Joe also solves the mystery of the exploding shrimp and, finally, he lets us in on the secret of the genie in the bottle.
  

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Review: The Genie in the Bottle: 67 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

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Entertainingly wry, Dr. Joe Schwarcz uncovers stories of chemistry we all take for granted, from red dye (why the British wore red uniforms and we wore blue, among other things), to secret inks, to ... Read full review

Review: The Genie in the Bottle: 67 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

User Review  - Goodreads

Entertainingly wry, Dr. Joe Schwarcz uncovers stories of chemistry we all take for granted, from red dye (why the British wore red uniforms and we wore blue, among other things), to secret inks, to ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
11
INTRODUCTION
17
HEALTH MATTERS
21
FOOD MATTERS
95
CHEMISTRY HERE THERE EVERYWHERE
145
LEARNING FROM THE PAST
227
SILLY STUFF
271
Acknowledgments
299
Index
301
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About the author (2001)

Joe Schwarcz is a professor of chemistry and director of the Office for Chemistry and Society at McGill University. He lives in Montreal.

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