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That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles: 62 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  11 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 colour ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by ECW Press (first published 2002)
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Danielle
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
Paula

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
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Jenny
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.
Keats Snideman
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
Kathy
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 detergents...how 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
Beck
Readers Digest pop science, mixed with a little Dave Barry. There was some interesting stuff but mostly was conventional wisdom.
Elisa
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.
John
Another book cobbled together from a bunch of separate blog entries that, however interesting, fails to inspire for lacking a big idea to hold it all together.
Craig
Dec 09, 2014 Craig rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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.
Kamilla Marschner
very helpful story telling for chemistry/science teachers
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