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Title:
The genie in the bottle : 64 all new commentaries on the fascinating chemistry of everyday life
Author:
Schwarcz, Joe.
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Edition:
First Owl books edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt and Co., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
311 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Toronto, Ont.: E.C.W., 2001.

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805071382
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Looking for a headache cure? Try willow bark. Wondering how that ice cream got its color? Could be from bug juice. Giving us the lowdown on these and other chemical phenomena, The Genie in the Bottle reveals the fun and fascinating secrets collected by popular science writer Dr. Joe Schwarcz.

Blending quirky chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science, Schwarcz offers a different twist on licorice and straight talk on travel to the dark side of the sun, along with the skinny on chocolate research, ginkgo biloba, and blueberries. Find out how spies used secret inks and how acetone changed the course of history. Dr. Joe even solves the mystery of exploding shrimp and, of course, delves into the secret of the genie in the bottle.

Infused with Schwarcz's humor and his fondness for the wonders of magic and science, The Genie in the Bottle celebrates some of the the most amazing corners of our universe-and our cupboards.


Author Notes

Joe Schwarcz is a professor of chemistry and director of the Office for Chemistry and Society at McGill University. He lives in Montreal.