Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste: The Chemistry of Household Ingredients
A Selection of the Scientific American Book ClubExplaining why antifreeze is a component of toothpaste and how salt works in shampoo, this fascinating handbook delves into the chemistry of everyday household products. Decoding more than 150 cryptic ingredients, the guide explains each component's structural formula, offers synonymous names, and describes its common uses. This informative resource can serve curious readers as a basic primer to commercial chemistry or as an indexed reference for specific compounds found on a product label. Grouped according to type, these chemical descriptions will dissolve common misunderstandings and help make consumers more product savvy.
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Interesting book if only the science behind it was correct. Several claims he makes (e.g., 'theobromine is a caffeinelike stimulant' and 'is the moodenhancing drug in chocolate) are completely ludicrous. I read a few pages and decided to give this one a miss.