The Fly in the Ointment: 70 Fascinating Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Life
Dr. Joe Schwarcz breaks down the fascinating chemistry all around us in this intriguing look at everyday science
From pesticides and environmental estrogens to lipsticks and garlic, the science that surrounds us can be mystifying. Why do some people drill holes in their heads for "enlightenment"? How did a small chemical error nearly convict the unfortunate Patricia Stallings for murdering her son? Where does the expression "take a bromide" come from? Dr. Joe Schwarcz investigates aphrodisiacs, DDT, bottled water, vitamins, barbiturates, plastic wrap, and smoked meat. He puts worries about acrylamide, preservatives, and waxed fruit into perspective and unravels the mysteries of bulletproof vests, weight loss diets, and "mad honey." From the fanciful to the factual, Dr. Joe enlightens us all -- no drills attached.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ScoutJ - LibraryThing
Schwarcz goes through a litany of scientific and pseudo-scientific claims in this work which reads like a collection of blog posts (but that is not necessarily a bad thing.) Reminded me somewhat of Proofiness. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - satyridae - LibraryThing
Fun and quirky, this book debunked some beliefs of mine (DDT= unmitigated evil, for one), and told some riveting tales I'd never dreamt could be true. Direct and immediate writing style, big ol' sense of humor. Read full review