Saturday, 17 November 2012

The Right Chemistry

The Right Chemistry
108 Enlightening, Nutritious, Health-Conscious 
and Occasionally Bizarre Inquiries 
into the Science of Daily Life
by Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Paperback, 304 pages

I love when great minds can show me science and make it fun and wondrous and enlightening. I was a big fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy and enjoy watching the MythBusters.

These guys have fun with science and show us how fascinating it can be.

At McGill University in Montreal, they have Dr. Joe (and how awesome is it that they can call him Dr. Joe! I love that. Dr. Joe.

“He’s the Carl Sagan of Canada,” said Lorne Trottier, the philanthropist who gave the endowment to McGill’s Office for Science and Society (OSS), where Schwarcz is the founding director.

And he is the author of 13 fun fact-filled books on science, including:
Dr. Joe's Brain Sparks: 179 Inspiring and Enlightening Inquiries into the Science of Everyday Life
Dr. Joe's Health Lab: 164 Amazing Insights into the Science of Medicine, Nutrition and Well-being
The Fly in the Ointment: 70 Fascinating Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Life
Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs: 67 Digestible Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life
Let Them Eat Flax: 70 All-New Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Food & Life
Dr. Joe & What You Didn't Know: 177 Fascinating Questions About the Chemistry of Everyday Life
Dr. Joe's Science, Sense and Nonsense: 61 Nourishing, Healthy, Bunk-free Commentaries on the Chemistry That Affects Us All
That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles: 62 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life
The Genie in the Bottle: 67 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life
Brain Fuel: 199 Mind-Expanding Inquiries into the Science of Everyday Life
An Apple A Day: The Myths, Misconceptions, and Truths About the Foods We Eat
Dr. Joe is known as a quackery buster and provocative teacher of the chemistry of everyday life - especially as we interact with it. He shows how "you are what you eat" - literally. The Right Chemistry is fascinating and fun and you will never look at your dinner the same way again!

Chapters covered in The Right Chemistry Include:
First, the Past
Tricks of the Trade
Creatures Great and Small
To Your Health
Bites and Sips
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Weird and Wonderful
Chemicals for Better and for Worse
Chemistry Up Close
How Green Was My Chemistry

DR. JOE SCHWARCZ is director of McGill University's Office of Science and Society, where he teaches courses on nutrition and the applications of chemistry to everyday life. Among his many honours are the Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Award, and the American Chemistry Society's renowned Grady-Stack Award, of which he is the only non-American recipient. Dr. Schwarcz is the host of a weekly radio show on CFRB in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal, and writes a weekly column for the Montreal Gazette. The author lives in Montreal. -