A Feast of Science

Intriguing Morsels from the Science of Everyday Life

Table of contents


Information and Misinformation

Information and Misinformation Cont’d

No Magic in Quack Cancer Treatments

Infomercials Provide Slanted Science

Science Meets Seinfeld

Laundry and TV Sleuths

Tornadoes, Rainbows, and Chemistry

The Mysterious Island

Nutty Scares About Nutella

Dubious Tidings of Doom

Blowing in the Wind

Fish Genes and Tomatoes

Neonics and Bees

Natural Fallacies

Natural Cures

The Power of the Mind

Conjuring Up Remedies

Cancer and Carny Tricks

A Circulating Nonsensical Email

Getting Down to Earth

Spoon-Bending Fiasco

A Houdini Low Point

Hijacking Chemistry

A Toxic Cleanse

Leg Cramp Relief. Really?

The Real Flintstones

A Spark of Genius

Sulphur’s Colorful Past

Seeing Through the Smoke

Bacteria Are Not Always Bad

Don’t Take a Deep Breath

Methylene Blue Magic

Arsenic Archives

Socks, Wallpaper and Arsenic

A Rat Poison That Can Cure

The Nuremberg Chronicle

A Rabbit Out of a Hat

Taking Pulse

Esther Frolics

Dealing with the Plague

Lauding Morphine

The Power of Heat

Tampons on a Mission

Condom Technology

A Bloody Good Yarn

Memories of Linus Pauling

The Intoxicating Science of Wine

Crystallography Sheds Light on Molecular Structure

Brushing Up on Toothbrush History

Sorting Out Starches

Barking Up the Right Tree

Forest Bathing

Plastic Packaging Pros and Cons

Hops, Beer, and Estrogen

Saving Apollo 13

Singing About Science

The Skinny on Skin Science

Slimey Science

Preserving Preservatives

Antibacterial Concerns

Snakes and Snakeroot

Sugar Isn’t So Sweet

Bitter About Sugar

Sugar Consumption

Easter Island May Provide Clues to Aging

Science Sniffs at Body Odor

Some Beefs with Beef

Plastic Problems

Blankets, Balloons and Space Suits

Bagging Plastic Bags

BPA Research – When is Enough Enough?

Plastination Controversy

The Rise of Baking Powder

Ikarian Longevity

Boosting Brainpower

Cadmium Dangers

A Matter of Taste

Spreading Kindness

Nutritional Guidelines – Theirs and Mine

Oats vs Pop-Tarts

Emulsifiers on Trial

Shake Shake

Boning Up on Collagen

Tea Time

Eating Bacon is Not the Same as Smoking

Jeans to Purify Air

Amazing Charcoal

A Fashionable Address

A Tale of Telomeres

Perfume and TNT

Lithiated Water

Goat Stench

Phosphides and Bedbugs

Final Thoughts



A Feast of Science demystifies the chemistry of everyday life, serving up practical knowledge to both inform and entertain. Guaranteed to satiate your hunger for palatable and relevant scientific information, Dr. Joe Schwarcz proves that “chemical” is not necessarily synonymous with “toxic. ” Cutting through the fat of story, suggestion, and social-media speculation, A Feast of Science gets to the meat of the chemical reactions that make up our daily lives. To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/2wmJ9vl


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“Schwarcz’s love of learning and his enthusiasm for science are contagious. . . Author, radio personality and insuppressible science communicator ‘Dr. Joe’ offers a smorgasbord of fun facts and reflections. ” — Shelf Awareness for Readers

“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, A Feast of Science is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library General Science collections and supplemental studies lists. ” — Midwest Book Review

“Enticingly absorbing book . . . This author has the canny knack to explain the language of science to a public resistant to technical jargon, and he makes the magic of chemistry accessible to the lay reader. ” — Seattle Book Review

“His writing style is easy and enjoyable . . . reading Dr. Joe is both pertinent to a chemistry teacher and yet accessible to the general public. ” — Chem 13 News