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Science, Sense & Nonsense

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When did "chemical" become a dirty word?

Forty or so years ago, chemistry -- which had been recognized as a miracle-making boon to humanity - somehow became associated with warfare, sinister food additives, "toxins" and pollution.

It's a situation that Dr. Joe Schwarcz aims to put into perspective.

Yes, there's a downside to chemistry, he says, but this is dwarfed by its eno
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ebook, 288 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Anchor Canada (first published January 1st 2009)
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Steve Rueffer
Dec 25, 2012 Steve Rueffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great quick reads to bring you up to speed with myth, folklore and fact from a biochemists point of view. Accessible to all levels of readers, but poignant with scientific detail. Understand why their is less to fear from chemicals than you may have thought...
Todd
Jun 25, 2011 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, love all of his books. Such a great writer. Why stop repeating myself now...Joe Schwarcz should be required reading in public schools.
John
Mar 03, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The "PhD" on the cover sets the antennae tingling, but in fact this is a very jolly collection of essays -- Martin Gardner-style -- on science and more particularly pseudoscience by the chemist, broadcaster and columnist whose day job is as Director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society. Obviously I was more concerned with the latter two-thirds of the book, where the prime focus was on pseudoscience, especially quack medicine and crank nutritionism, but the first part was fascina
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Anna Sinova
Oct 05, 2012 Anna Sinova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even being in science, this was a great read. He spices up his writing with entertaining stories, humor and interesting historical breaks, while exploring every-day fallacies about chemistry and why media likes to create such an uproar about the most insignificant chemicals. Having said that, of course he is a pop-science writer and in order to make his book exciting and entertaining, he also likes exaggerations here and there, likes walking the reader into blending several issues together to cr ...more
Ian Mitchell
Oct 24, 2011 Ian Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains a series of short essays on various chemistry-related topics. Many of these essays are geared towards clearing up common misconceptions and educating the public about a range of topics from nutrition to medicine to environmental chemicals.

The essays are well written, readable, and entertaining. They're generally fairly short, making them easy to digest in a single sitting. Overall the topics are interesting and diverse. The one issue I had with this book is the lack of referen
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Natalie
Oct 06, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. First of all, the raw sarcasm that Mr Schwarcz possesses with his knowledge of chemistry and science is remarkable. It makes it an entertaining read. Second aspect that I appreciated here is the fact that the topics that were discussed are on everybody's mind these days. The absurd amounts of harmful chemicals present in our shower curtains etc. I mean really people, you need to filter the information that comes into your brain before panicking over every single bit o ...more
Karla
Apr 29, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You probably won't like this one unless you have a little bit of science under your belt. It is full of all kinds of current issues and the truth behind them. Seems a little disorganized at times but always informative.
Rick
Jan 19, 2010 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. Like the variety of subjects. Very educational as well.
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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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