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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 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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on 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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on May 29, 2011
Although it "appears" to be a new *2011* edition (new cover page, new editor + new printing date), it is the same text as the Science, Sense & Nonsense by Dr. Joe Schwarcz - Paperback - Nov 3 2009 (we can find it in the list of Dr. Schwarcz's book available on Amazon).
P.S. the text itself is very interesting
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on January 31, 2010
In the last 15 years, I have become more and more involved in alternate medicine. Like with Charities, the fire spreads and you get sucked into more and more types of "super formulas", to combat the onslaught of all possible deceases. On the other side, the conventional medical practitioner seem to get their basic and higher education based on desires by big pharma and chirurgeons from teaching hospitals.

Dr. Schwarcz tries to give a balanced view and therefore "food for thought" for the average taxpayer.
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on September 26, 2010
I'm a huge fan of Dr. Schwarcz series of books. However, this series contained too many well-known facts and elements that are more that obvious to one with a scientific background.
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on August 29, 2014
Accurate reporting
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