“Schwarcz takes a little history, adds a dash of chemistry and produces a gem.”
--This text refers to an alternate
“Joe Schwarcz is to everyday chemistry what Stephen Jay Gould is to evolution.”
--Dr. James P. Snyder, director of Biostructural Research, Chemistry Department, Emory University
“Joe Schwarcz’s magic is in convincing us that there is verve and value in real chemistry.”
--Roald Hoffmann, Nobel laureate
From the Publisher
Let "Dr. Joe" heal what ails ya The Genie in the Bottle makes science downright fun. Dr. Joe Schwarcz blends quirky anecdotes about everyday chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science. Get a different twist on licorice and travel to the dark side of the sun. Control stinky feet and bend spoons and minds. Learn about the latest on chocolate research, flax, ginkgo biloba, magnesium, and blueberries. Read about the ups of helium and the downs of drain cleaners. Find out why bug juice is used to colour ice cream, how spies used secret inks, and how acetone changed the course of history. It's all there! "Dr. Joe" also solves the mystery of the exploding shrimp and, finally, he lets us in on the secret of the genie in the bottle. The author's first book, Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs, was a 1999 best-seller inada. The author is a charismatic public speaker and notable crowd-pleaser. His fans call him "Dr. Joe" and he always brings humour, show-biz savvy, and magic to his work.