Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs 67 Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0805074074
ISBN-13: 9780805074079
Edition: 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Joe Schwarcz
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Description: Have you ever wondered about the science behind Alice’s strange adventures in Wonderland, Casanova’s experiments with "Spanish Fly," and zombies in Haiti? In Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs, chemist and columnist Dr. Joe Schwarcz offers 67  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 8/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Have you ever wondered about the science behind Alice’s strange adventures in Wonderland, Casanova’s experiments with "Spanish Fly," and zombies in Haiti? In Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs, chemist and columnist Dr. Joe Schwarcz offers 67 entertaining essays exploring these and other delightful nooks and crannies of chemistry. Investigate the nefarious chemistry of the KGB, the colors of urine, and the mysteries of baldness. Learn how shampoos really work, and discover which cleaning agents must never be combined. Get rid of that skunk smell in a jiffy, and get a whiff of what’s behind the act of passing gas. Read about the ups and downs of underwear, the invention of gunpowder, Van Gogh’s brain, John Dillinger’s chemical exploits, and Dinshah Ghadiali’s bizarre attempts to cure disease with colored lights. Finally, discover the amazing links between radar, hula hoops, and playful pigs! Written by popular media personality Dr. Joe Schwarcz, this 1999 Canadian best-seller is proof positive that a little intellectual dip into the vast ocean of chemistry can not only be useful but pleasurable as well.

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

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