Tag: chemistry

May 01

Book Review: The Dorito Effect

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker I didn’t have high hopes for the book because the narrator sounded too much like the guy who wrote the Nerdist Way lifestyle book or the guy who wrote Kick your Fat in the Nuts–you know, some minor celebrity who hangs …

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Oct 22

Book Review: What Einstein Told His Cook

What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained by Robert L. Wolke I think I must have read this book years and years ago and forgot to write a review, which tricked me into thinking I hadn’t read it. It’s a book about kitchen science. It’s good reading for anyone who loves chemistry and cooking, …

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Apr 21

Book Review: Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik This is a good non-fiction book about materials science, which is a high recommendation in my book, because non-fiction books about chemistry for the layperson are in a narrow category of books I like to read quite a lot. The author …

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Mar 04

Book Review: The Poisoner’s Handbook

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum I feel like this book was written just for me: history, science, and murder mysteries all wrapped up in a fascinating and informative non-fiction book about forensic medicine. I got this as an audiobook, which was good …

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Feb 13

Book Review: Napoleon’s Buttons

Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur This book is a combination of chemistry and anthropology/history of science. There are a lot of books out there, many of them well written, about the history of science and how scientific advances and discoveries changed changed civilizations, but very few books that mix …

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