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Brain Fuel: 199 Mind-Expanding Inquiries into the Science of Everyday Life [Paperback]

Dr. Joe Schwarcz
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Book Description

May 11 2010 0385666039 978-0385666039
National Bestseller

From the #1 bestselling author – a cornucopia of mind-expanding insights into the science of the real world.

Dr. Joe – as he is affectionately known to millions of readers, listeners, viewers, and students – brings his magic formula to Doubleday Canada with Brain Fuel.

As with Dr. Joe’s previous best-selling books, Brain Fuel informs and entertains on a wild assortment of science-based topics. But this is not "science trivia." If you are looking for serious scientific discussions, you’ll find them here. If you are looking for practical consumer information, that’s here too. If you are searching for ways to stimulate interest in science, look no further, Mom. And if you are simply wondering why the birth of Prince Leopold was so different from Queen Victoria's previous seven; or why an iron rod that went through a man's head is now on display in a museum in Boston; or why white chocolate has such a short shelf life; or why eggs terrified Alfred Hitchcock – and what all of this means for the rest of us, and why – then bingo.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Food for Hungry Brains Oct. 15 2008
By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not fun for the regular Joe... Feb. 23 2009
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Brain Fuel Oct. 30 2009
By L. J. Stouffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's interesting, but just informational. No brain stretching exercises. I was a bit disappointed.
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