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Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs

67 Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

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Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs really does "tell it like it is" in 67 short, entertaining, and informative pieces about the many functions of chemistry in our everyday experience.

Find out the latest about homeopathy and alternative medicine. Fill up on facts about soybeans, tomatoes, tea, ginseng, chicken soup, hot dogs, and the benefits of eating chalk. Explore the science behind Alice's strange adventures in Wonderland, Rumpole's deadly cheese soufflé, and Casanova's experiments with "Spanish Fly." 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. Take a painless, glimpse into the discovery of anesthetics. Read about the ups and downs of underwear, the invention of gunpowder, zombies in Haiti, Van Gogh's brain, John Dillinger's chemical exploits, little Mikey's exploding stomach, and Dinshah Ghadiali's bizarre attempts to cure disease with colored lights. Even Houdini makes a magical appearance in this wonderfully accessible, wholly fascinating, and chemically rich and diverse volume.

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Praise for Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs

"Joe Schwarcz has mastered the art of science education as an attention-holding and rewarding experience. In this book he provides a great read, a book you will not want to put down. You will learn a great deal about the world around us while being compelled to read on—it’s an educator’s dream!"
—Kelvin G. Ogilvie, President, Acadia University

"It is hard to believe that anybody could be drawn to such a dull and smelly subject as chemistry—until, that is, one picks up Joe Schwarcz’s book and is reminded that with every breath and feeling one is experiencing chemistry. 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

"Joe Schwarcz’s magic is in convincing us that there is verve and value in real chemistry."
—Roald Hoffman, Nobel Laureate

"Dr. Schwarcz has written a book that is enormously enjoyable—it commands and holds your attention. It explains science and scientific phenomena in a simple and accurate way while stimulating logical thinking. It will lead to a scientifically literate reader who will not be so easily misled by those who wish to paint science and technology as being a danger to humankind."
—Michael Smith, Nobel Laureate

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Dr. Joe Schwarcz

  • Dr. Joe Schwarcz is a professor of chemistry and the Director of the Office for Chemistry and Society at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He hosts a weekly phone-in radio show, is a regular on Canadian television, gives numerous public lectures, regularly contributes feature stories to the Washington Post, and writes a weekly column for the Montreal Gazette. He has received many honors, including the prestigious American Chemical Society’s Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. "Dr. Joe" lives in Montreal.
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Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs

67 Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

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