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That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  233 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from myth, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to color ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in ...more
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Published October 1st 2002 by E C W Press (first published 2002)
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Nov 11, 2014 Paula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This is a book for people who do not have any background in science and are after some interesting pills of information.

I will definitely be more careful about science books.

I got very angry with the cavalier attitude of the author towards the facts of science that are not well known, I am in the area of sciences myself and tend to read a lot of research, he doesn't seem to understand the difference of correlation and regression, he talks about studies poorly referencing and above all he assumes
Helgi Hróðmarsson
When a chemist writes a book with this title, you know he is going to explain to you in chemical terms, exactly, how the cookie crumbles. Dr. Joe Schwarcz, renowned science promoter and professor at McGill University in Montreal, has decades worth of experience dealing with the public, enshrouded by misinformation to varying degrees of hilarity. Some of the most outrageous claims (presented in this book) include: “this energy breaks large water molecules into smaller ones, releasing trapped toxi ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles: 62 all-new commentaries on the fascinating chemistry of everyday life by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, I have found chemistry to be a more appealing subject to study. Schwarcz expertly incorporates humor, relevant anecdotes and fun facts in his essays to explain the chemistry behind things such as arsenic and diseases. Even though this book was written in 2002, his voice is so fresh it seems like he wrote the book yesterday, and the information is still rele ...more
Jan 29, 2017 Bookworm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Unimpressive collection of essays. This book was mentioned somewhere recently and it caught my eye. I liked the idea of having some explanations of various everyday objects and items. As the sciences are not my strong suit it seemed like this would be a good read.
It wasn't. Essay collections are almost never my thing and that held here. I didn't care for the author's writing style and now I have my doubts after reading some of the critical reviews that make me question how accurate the info
Mar 07, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, clean non-fiction book to read, and a great book to read in bits and pieces if you just have a few minutes to read at a time. Basically it's a bunch of short commentaries on how chemistry affects our lives. There are vignettes of chemistry history, like the history of soap and they work and how they have been modified due to environmental affects, the history of various food items (Did you know hot dogs were originally sold to eat with gloves instead of a bun, an ...more
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May 11, 2013 Keats Snideman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just recently re-read parts of this book to help me get excited about a chemistry class I just finished this spring (2013). I need the General Chem to get into Physical Therapy school and although I love science, the way the material is taught is so dry and boring to me. Enter Dr. Joe Schwartz' books! The Way The Cookie Crumbles and the other 2 books I have of his give practical, funny, and witty anecdotes to the chemistry of everyday living. It helps apply chemistry to everyday life and inclu ...more
As the title indicates, you'll find 62 commentaries on chemistry of everyday life. It's a fun read. I'm sure the processes are over-simplified. Still, if you are interested in the why behind the what, Dr. Schwartcz's conversational approach allows the reader to embrace concepts.

If chemistry was this fun in school, I might have paid closer attention. The practicality of chemistry is celebrated within these pages. Whether celebrating in the kitchen--examining saccharine, bagels, and bananas or in
Neil Crocker
Mar 29, 2014 Neil Crocker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you're interested in he way everday things work, this is a fun read. Schwarcz is a Prof and McGill University in Montreal and a radio personality. He likes to explain how things work, particularly if chemistry is involved. Some of the best articles in this book are about artificial sweeteners, bagesl, ice cream, soft drinks, Vitamin D, HGH and others. Of the 62 articles, probably half were pretty enlightening. A good read.
Jun 26, 2012 Elisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro divulgativo sulla chimica che ci circonda ogni giorno. Discorsivo, molto semplice. La troppa semplicità, unita allo scarso rigore scientifico, ne fa un libro carino ma sicuramente non necessario. Un po' di dettagli in più non avrebbero di sicuro fatto male. Molto meglio I bottoni di Napoleone di Penny Le Couteur e Jay Burreson.
Sep 29, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles is a series of short essays explaining the chemistry behind ordinary things in life.

I picked this up at my in-laws' house because I had finished my other book more icily than anticipated. I found this book to be both interesting and, at times, a little overwhelming with certain explanations which, to me, were a little too technical.
Jul 11, 2015 Letz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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interessante, ricco di aneddoti storici e scientifici esposti in maniera comprensibile e simpatica. Ma... troppo aneddotico. Non vien dato molto spazio all'approfondimento, è da prendere un po' per fede. Molta carne al fuoco poco approfondita.
Angela Prins
Entertaining and thought provoking. Want to read more of Joe Schwarcz's books. He does his homework!
Filippo Ulivieri
Jan 14, 2016 Filippo Ulivieri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Filippo by: NiK
Shelves: saggistica
Una serie raffazzonata di aneddoti, quando più quando meno (spesso meno) divertenti. Procede per accumulo e viene subito a noia. La quarta di copertina illude.
Kamilla Marschner
very helpful story telling for chemistry/science teachers
Mar 15, 2015 Beck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers Digest pop science, mixed with a little Dave Barry. There was some interesting stuff but mostly was conventional wisdom.
Anna Wedgeworth
fun read with a very "punny" author.

A bit too heavy on all the health-related chemistry for my taste but it was still interesting.
Feb 14, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: General Public
A collection of essays, mostly about the history of chemistry. Many are hilarious, all are interesting. Dr. Schwarcz is an excellent writer.
Jun 05, 2015 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything by Dr. Joe Schwarez is good. I have read a number of these books that are compilations of his articles. I try to read only one chapter at a time. But, I usually end up reading a lot more.
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Dr. Joe Schwarcz holds a PhD in chemistry and is host of the radio program The Dr. Joe Show, directo of McGill University's Office for Science & Society and the author of fourteen bestselling books. Well known for his informative and entertaining lectures, Dr. Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching and deciphering science for the public.
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