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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The Genie in the Bottle makes science downright fun. Dr. Joe Schwarcz blends quirky anecdotes about everyday chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science. Get a different twist on licorice and travel to the dark side of the sun. Control stinky feet and bend spoons and minds. Learn about the latest on chocolate research, flax, ginkgo biloba, magnesium, and blueberries. Read about the ups of helium and the downs of drain cleaners. Find out why bug juice is used to color ice cream, how spies used secret inks, and how acetone changed the course of history. It's all there! "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

User Review  - Sandra Strange - 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

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User Review  - Logan Combee - Goodreads

You don't have to be very scientifically minded to follow Schwarz through this interesting commentary. It can be surprising how differently you can view everyday items under the light of simple chemistry. Some bits are useful and the rest is simply interesting to know. 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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