Dr. Joe and What You Didn't Know: 177 Fascinating Questions and Answers About the Chemistry of Everyday Life

Description

243 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
$17.95
ISBN 1-55022-577-4
DDC 540

Publisher

Year

2003

Contributor

Reviewed by Alex Curran

Alex Curran is a former member of both the National Advisory Board on
Science and Technology and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council. He was chair of the Telecommunications Sectoral Advisory
Committee on Free Trade and the first recipien

Review

This is one of those rare books that is both accurate in science and
interesting and understandable to laypeople. Dr. Joe Schwarcz is a
chemist, broadcaster, and author. In Dr. Joe and What You Didn’t Know,
he poses and answers 177 chemistry-related questions. The scope is
broad. He warns us of the hidden dangers of wearing false fingernails.
He gives advice on how to maintain a happy marriage in spite of the
demands of business travel. He suggests why it might be advisable to
carry a stock of red ants on a backwoods holiday. He even ventures into
the debate about genetically modified foods.

This is a book for browsing. It will appeal to anyone who has an
interest in the applications of chemistry to 21st-century activities.

Citation

Schwarcz, Joe., “Dr. Joe and What You Didn't Know: 177 Fascinating Questions and Answers About the Chemistry of Everyday Life,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/18257.