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“Joe Schwarcz has mastered the art of science education as an attention-holding and rewarding experience. In this book he provides a great read, a book you will not want to put down. You will learn a great deal about the world around us while being compelled to read on--it's an educator's dream!” ―Kelvin G. Ogilvie, President, Acadia University
“It is hard to believe that anybody could be drawn to such a dull and smelly subject as chemistry--until, that is, one picks up Joe Schwarcz's book and is reminded that with every breath and feeling one is experiencing chemistry. Falling in love, we all know, is a matter of the right chemistry. Schwarcz gets his chemistry right, and hooks his readers.” ―John C. Polanyi, Nobel Laureate
“Joe Schwarcz's magic is in convincing us that there is verve and value in real chemistry.” ―Roald Hoffman, Nobel Laureate
“Dr. Schwarcz has written a book that is enormously enjoyable--it commands and holds your attention. It explains science and scientific phenomena in a simple and accurate way while stimulating logical thinking. It will lead to a scientifically literate reader who will not be so easily misled by those who wish to paint science and technology as being a danger to humankind.” ―Michael Smith, Nobel Laureate
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 Society's Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. "Dr. Joe" lives in Montreal.
I didn't expect too much from this book, but it was actually very enjoyable. It contains several brief stories and scientific explanations, mostly related to chemistry. Read morePublished 15 months ago by FCC
The item ordered was a mandatory read for my children, I thank you for getting this out to me quickly, giving my children plenty of time to enjoy the read.Published on August 6, 2010 by K. Orne
If you enjoyed James Burke's Connections series on PBS, you will enjoy this entertaining and informative look at how the products of chemistry contributes to our daily comforts.Published on June 28, 2009 by Philip A. Bornemeier
This author presents everyday chemistry in a way that is easy to understand and also impactful for those people who may have an interest in the subject. Read morePublished on January 7, 2008 by Jason G. Dixon
I really enjoyed this book. Though slow at times, it was livened up with witty anectdotes and mature bathroom humor. Read morePublished on October 14, 2005 by Herperboy