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Science, Sense & Nonsense [Kindle Edition]

Joe Dr Schwarcz
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 enormous benefits.

Dr. Joe's new collection of commentaries will inspire an appreciation for the science of everyday life, and equip you to spot the muddled thinking, misunderstandings and deceptions in media stories and advertising claims. Does organic food really always equal better food? Are vaccines dangerous? Will the latest health fad make you ill? Do expensive wrinkle creams do the job? What are the best ways to avoid cancer? The answers to such questions often lie in an
understanding of the chemistry involved. Ask Dr. Joe.

Science, Sense and Nonsense celebrates chemistry's great achievements, lambastes its charlatans, and explores its essential connections to our wellbeing. And does so in authoritative, highly readable, good humoured style.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Dr. Joe Schwarcz

"Dr. Schwarcz… has a knack for translating science into a language that anyone can understand and actually enjoy."
-Toronto Sun

"There is a vivacity in pure science that somehow gets lost… Schwarcz is doing his part to bring the joie de vivre back."
-Kansas City Star

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. Joe Schwarcz is director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society, where he teaches courses on nutrition, health, and the applications of chemistry to everyday life. Among his many honours are the Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Award, and the American Chemical Society's renowned Grady-Stack Award, of which he is the only non-American recipient. Schwarcz is the host of a weekly radio show on CJAD in Montreal and CFRB in Toronto, and writes a weekly column for The Gazette (Montreal). He is the author of a number of bestselling books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (November 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031TZBGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Logical and Well-Written November 22, 2009
In sixty two essays (not sixty one as noted on the cover) divided into six chapters (plus an introduction and an afterword), the author discusses various issues in the world of science concentrating mostly on chemistry. Starting with various nutritional and health issues and progressing towards broader scientific topics, the author not only explains the dynamics of various chemicals, but he also debunks various misconceptions. He discusses the antics of various charlatans and misguided/misinformed individuals and exposes some of their tricks and how they arrive at some of their mind-boggling conclusions. This author's writing style is one of the highlights of this book. His witty choice of words in well-selected circumstances can so often bring a smile to the reader's face. His prose is clear, very friendly, quite authoritative and most captivating. The sixty two bite-sized sections make for a quick, but most educational read. The only possible difficulty that a reader may encounter is pronouncing some of the chemicals mentioned; but this does not detract from reading enjoyment or from understanding the issues at hand. This is a book that can be relished by anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining science October 5, 2010
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 references though. Most science books I've read include footnotes, making it easy to independently verify what is being said. The essays related to my own areas of expertise and a couple others I did some research on were accurate, so I think the rest of the book probably is too - but it would have been nice if Dr. Schwarz had included this for readers with a scientific background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Enjoyable Read! January 31, 2010
Joe Schwartz has a knack for keeping science fun and intriguing. His little tidbits of sarcasm, which close each topic of the book, are nothing short of hilarious which adds to the charm of this good little read. Schwartz comes off as a level headed, well-informed and humorous person and his book is filled with statistics to back every one of his positions on a given topic. He does this without filling the pages with numbers though and it makes for a very smooth educational read. Great book, I have no complaints!
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