That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles: 62 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles: 62 All-New Commentaries on the Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday Life

Joe Schwarcz

Language: English

Pages: 275

ISBN: 1550225200

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from myth, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to colour ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in water, lead in the environment, and aspartame in food are discussed. Mythbusters include the fact that Edison did not invent the light bulb and that walking on hot coals does not require paranormal powers. The secret life of bagels is revealed, and airbags, beer, and soap yield their mysteries. These and many more surprising, educational, and entertaining commentaries show the relevance of science to everyday life.

Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

Quirks of Human Anatomy: An Evo-Devo Look at the Human Body

Lifelines: Life Beyond the Gene

The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick

The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names

Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines Everything You Thought You Knew















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