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Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs: 67 Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Lifeby Joe Schwarcz
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Have you ever wondered about the science behind Alices strange adventures in Wonderland, Casanovas experiments with "Spanish Fly," and zombies in Haiti? In Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs, chemist and columnist Dr. Joe Schwarcz offers 67 entertaining essays exploring these and other delightful nooks and crannies of chemistry.
Investigate the nefarious chemistry of the KGB, the colors of urine, and the mysteries of baldness. Learn how shampoos really work, and discover which cleaning agents must never be combined. Get rid of that skunk smell in a jiffy, and get a whiff of whats behind the act of passing gas. Read about the ups and downs of underwear, the invention of gunpowder, Van Goghs brain, John Dillingers chemical exploits, and Dinshah Ghadialis bizarre attempts to cure disease with colored lights. Finally, discover the amazing links between radar, hula hoops, and playful pigs!
Written by popular media personality Dr. Joe Schwarcz, this 1999 Canadian best-seller is proof positive that a little intellectual dip into the vast ocean of chemistry can not only be useful but pleasurable as well.
Book News Annotation:
Schwarcz (chemistry and society, McGill University) offers short pieces explaining the chemistry of everyday events. Chapters highlight the chemistry of food, crime, health and disease, household items, urban legends, rude noises, and historical, biblical, and fictional occurrences. Twenty-two observations on the nature of science are also included. Originally published in 1999 by ECW Press.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Dr. Joe Schwarcz is a professor of chemistry and the Director of the Office for Chemistry and Society at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He hosts a weekly phone-in radio show, is a regular on Canadian television, gives numerous public lectures, regularly contributes feature stories to the Washington Post, and writes a weekly column for the Montreal Gazette. He has received many honors, including the prestigious American Chemical Societys Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. "Dr. Joe" lives in Montreal.
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