To name just a few of the topics covered.
While cooking peas how can you make them GREEN and why does it workThe chemical benefits of flax seed oilWhy magicians can NOT bend things with thought power alone.
The history of Mercury poisoningWhy things are hot to taste and how this can be used against bugsAs you can see the list of topics is both broad and entertaining Amazingly, Dr Schwarz does not get us caught up in very in depth chemical equations reactions This is book written for someone with scientific curiosity not necessary a Masters in Science I definitely recommend The Genie in the Bottle and I also give it as an endorsement to be used as bed time stories to your children, for it is these types of short essays on chemistry that may spark the love of the sciences in your child With His Signature Caustic Wit, Bestselling Author Dr Joe Schwarcz Presents The Fun Side Of Science In This Dynamic Collection 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 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 As In All His Work, Dr Joe Brings Humor, Showbiz Savvy, And Magic To This Exciting Collection This is a fun little book that is exactly what the sub heading on the book says it is 67 commentaries on the fascinating chemistry of everyday life I work as a chemist and I did enjoy reading this book.
The book is broken up into 5 main sections There is a section on Health Matters, Food Matters, Chemistry Everywhere, learning from the past, and Silly stories The Health Matters and Food Matters are the most organized sections of the book The mini stories in the these two sections deal exclusively with health or food Each section had a collection of short anecdotes The anecdotes average at 3 4 pages per length with some being shorter and a few being significantly longer.
This book is definitely geared toward the average joe than to a chemist That being said, there is enough chemistry addressed to interest your everyday chemist too I was a bit disappointed that I had heard a lot of these stories before they are things I ve read about in headlines or just have general knowledge of But for everything I had heard of there were two things I hadn t heard about.
There is a lot of fun miscellaneous information in this book Depending on how much of that you want to retain this book could be a quick or a slow read I personally had trouble reading large portions of it at once because it was just so much information to assimilate Especially in the later sections the anecdotes tend to jump around willy, nilly You may be reading about how Hydrogen was discovered then, in the next anecdote, you are reading about Silly Putty I found that I enjoyed the book and remembered all the fun facts the best when I read a few anecdotes a day.
The writing style is done very well There is a lot of tongue in cheek humor and there are a lot of cleverly worded passages This is a chemistry book that will amuse and interest everyone I personally applaud it for bringing chemistry to the masses Chemistry is awesome and interesting and it is wonderful that Schwarcz can make it interesting for everyone I plan on checking out his additional collections of chemistry anecdotes in the future.
This book was great if you are interested in Chemistry, or science in general It s composed of many short stories that the author experienced himself, and most are quite interesting It s an easy read and the short chapters make it even easier for people to just pop open the book, read it for a few minutes and go on with whatever business they were working on I would definitely recommend this book for science lovers and people who want to know information about the things they use in daily life.
This book contains than five dozen articles each describing some chemical substance, how it was discovered and how it became useful All interesting and many clearly explained Each piece of knowledge, however, is encased long texts straining to be funny Any trick, preferably cute, is acceptable if it seems it will make the reader smile Thus, chapters with titles such as Oil You Need to Know or Willow Power , little anecdotes, references to famous names, closely or not associated with subject at hand So much extraneous material weighs heavily on the final text If the reader is patient and has little else to do, this may the book, if he is also interested in chemistry.
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in knowing a little about chemicals and their place in the world Through his stories, Schwarcz explains how chemicals are used in our everyday lives and how very often they are given a negative impact as not being natural He shows how media and others have made chemicals appear to always be bad yet at the same time these agencies neglect the overwhelming good of chemistry This book is not about bashing media but rather to inform the reader of the global story and the truth about many of the so called toxins in our world It is a truly interesting book that is light hearted in its style so that it will please both the scientist as well as the non scientist Finally, if you ever get to see The Magic of Chemistry or take The World of Chemistry course at McGill they are also highly recommended
I ve always been interested in the arts, leaving science to analytical folks However, this gem of a collection of essays was so much fun to read while learning the secrets of how the world works, that I now find myself repeating the illuminating anecdotes This is a book that should be introduced into elementary schools to give young children a sense of how exciting Chemistry is.
It s an interesting book from a well informed author, and Schwarz explains the science really clearly, with a good sense of humour and without speaking down to the reader it s a fun to read and I learnt a lot but I found it a little hard to focus all the way through the book.
SOMEWHAT REMINISCENT OF THE GREAT MARTIN GARDENER OF SCIENTIFIC AMERICAM FAME AND LACKING THE POMPOSITY OF STEVEN JAY GOULD OF BLESSED MEMORY THIS SHOULD BE A STANDARD SCHOOL SCIENCE TEXT BUT FOR ALL PUPILS OF ALL AGESREAD IT AND SMARTEN UP