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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (May 11 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385666039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385666039
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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

“Informative [and] fascinating.”
The Globe and Mail

"Packed with scientific answers to questions you didn't even know you had."
— Chatelaine

About the Author

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, a professor of chemistry, is director of the Office for Science and Society, dedicated to demystifying science for the public, at McGill University. He writes a weekly column in The Gazette, hosts the Dr. Joe Show on Montreal’s CJAD and Toronto’s CFRB, and has made hundreds of television appearances on the Discovery Channel, CBC, and CTV. He is the author of the bestselling An Apple a Day.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 15 2008
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In 263 pages, the author poses 199 interesting, riddle-like, science-based questions; each of these is immediately followed by an answer that can span from a short paragraph or two up to a page or two at most. The book is divided into eight main sections, representing different general themes. Although the selected topics are somewhat varied in the scientific disciplines that are highlighted, it is chemistry that plays the overall leading role - thus reflecting the author's professional background. I must admit that the author's plan of provoking a "Gee, I didn't know that!" effect on readers has been entirely successful in my case. The writing style is authoritative, clear, very friendly and quite accessible. This is a book that can be read in a continuous fashion (like a novel) or in dribs and drabs (like a fact book) without any loss of continuity. It can be enjoyed by absolutely anyone, especially those fascinated by little-known scientific facts that are related in some way to everyday life.
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By ernest reinhart on Nov. 26 2014
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Buy Joe Schwarcz. Keep repeating this over and over then go out and buy his books
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. McManus on Feb. 23 2009
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This is a cool book, but not exactly what I thought it would be. It IS very scientific, and uses many terms I don't understand. Or things I haven't heard of. I got a kick out of many of the riddles, but I need to touch up on my science I think before I can really appericate it. I wouldn't recommend it, if you're looking for a light-read or strange, funny facts.
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Scientific Food for Hungry Brains Oct. 15 2008
By G. Poirier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 263 pages, the author poses 199 interesting, riddle-like, science-based questions; each of these is immediately followed by an answer that can span from a short paragraph or two up to a page or two at most. The book is divided into eight main sections, representing different general themes. Although the selected topics are somewhat varied in the scientific disciplines that are highlighted, it is chemistry that plays the overall leading role - thus reflecting the author's professional background. I must admit that the author's plan of provoking a "Gee, I didn't know that!" effect on readers has been entirely successful in my case. The writing style is authoritative, clear, very friendly and quite accessible. This is a book that can be read in a continuous fashion (like a novel) or in dribs and drabs (like a fact book) without any loss of continuity. It can be enjoyed by absolutely anyone, especially those fascinated by little-known scientific facts that are related in some way to everyday life.
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Brain Fuel Oct. 30 2009
By L. J. Stouffer - Published on Amazon.com
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It's interesting, but just informational. No brain stretching exercises. I was a bit disappointed.

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