Synopses & Reviews
Think of the word "chemistry." What comes to mind? "Difficult?" "Boring?" "Pollution?" The adjectives "Interesting," "Exciting," "Amazing" almost never roll of the tongue. Until, that is, one picks up The Genie in the Bottle
. In 67 delightful essays, popular science writer Joe Schwarcz reminds us that with every breath and feeling we are experiencing chemistry. A sequel to Schwarczs best-selling Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs
, this collection of essays blends quirky anecdotes about everyday chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science. Inside, readers will . . .
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. "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.
Infused with the authors humor, show-biz savvy, and magic, The Genie in the Bottle celebrates some of the least visited corners of the science universe.
"Joe Schwarcz's magic is in convincing us that there is verve and value in real chemistry."—Roald Hoffman, Nobel Laureate
"Schwarcz takes a little history, adds a dash of chemistry and produces a gem."
"Joe Schwarcz is to everyday chemistry what Stephen Jay Gould is to evolution."
--Dr. James P. Snyder, director of Biostructural Research, Chemistry Department, Emory University
"Joe Schwarcz's magic is in convincing us that there is verve and value in real chemistry."
--Roald Hoffmann, Nobel laureate
Looking for a headache cure? Try willow bark. Wondering how that ice cream got its color? Could be from bug juice. Giving us the lowdown on these and other chemical phenomena, The Genie in the Bottle
reveals the fun and fascinating secrets collected by popular science writer Dr. Joe Schwarcz.
Blending quirky chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science, Schwarcz offers a different twist on licorice and straight talk on travel to the dark side of the sun, along with the skinny on chocolate research, ginkgo biloba, and blueberries. Find out how spies used secret inks and how acetone changed the course of history. Dr. Joe even solves the mystery of exploding shrimp and, of course, delves into the secret of the genie in the bottle.
Infused with Schwarcz's humor and his fondness for the wonders of magic and science, The Genie in the Bottle celebrates some of the the most amazing corners of our universe-and our cupboards.
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.