The Genie in the Bottle makes science downright fun. Dr. Joe Schwarcz blends quirky anecdotes about everyday chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science. Get a different twist on licorice and travel to the dark side of the sun. Control stinky feet and bend spoons and minds. Learn about the latest on chocolate research, flax, ginkgo biloba, magnesium, and blueberries. Read about the ups of helium and the downs of drain cleaners. Find out why bug juice is used to color ice cream, how spies used secret inks, and how acetone changed the course of history. It's all there! "Dr. Joe" also solves the mystery of the exploding shrimp and, finally, he lets us in on the secret of the genie in the bottle.
Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Joe Schwarcz is one of Canada's foremost educators and is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. He has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. "Dr. Joe" appears regularly on the Canadian Discovery Channel and has a weekly radio phone-in show as well as a newspaper column entitled "The Right Chemistry." He also writes feature stories for the Washington Post on the role of chemistry in everyday life. Dr. Schwarcz has just been named Director of McGill University's new "Office for Chemistry and Society." He lives in Montreal with his wife and three daughters and a cat that affords ample opportunity for research into the science of stain removal.
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