padRadar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs 67 Digestible Commentaries on the  Fascinating Chemistry of Everyday

by Joe Schwarcz

Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pits really does "tell it like it is" in 67 short, entertaining, and informative pieces about chemistry in everyday life.

Find out the latest about homeopathy and alternative medicine.

Fill up on facts about soybeans, tomatoes, tea, ginseng, chicken soup, hot dogs, and the benefits of eating chalk.

Explore the science behind Alice's strange adventures in Wonderland, Rumpole's deadly cheese soufflé, and Casanova's experiments with "Spanish Fly."

Investigate the nefarious chemistry of the KGB, the colors of urine, and the mysteries of baldness.

Learn how shampoos really work, and discover which cleaning agents must never be combined.

Get rid of the skunk smell in a jiffy, and get a whiff of what's behind the act of passing gas.

Take a painless glimpse into the discovery of anesthetics.

Read about the ups and downs of underwear, the invention of gunpowder, zombies in Haiti, Van Gogh's brain, and John Dillinger's chemical exploits.

Finally, discover the amazing links between radar, hula-hoops, and playful pigs!

--from W. H. Freeman

W.H. Freeman, 2001, 296 pages, 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", paperback

In a series of entertaining vignettes, Schwarcz exposes the hows and whys of molecules reacting with one another. He explains how shampoo works, what's a quick way to get rid of skunk smell, why chicken soup helps relieve symptoms of the common cold, and what transatlantic telephone cables and Tupperware have in common.

Originally published in hardcover in 1999.

--from Science News

Freeman, 2001, 296 p., paperback

Radar, Hula Hoops, and Playful Pigs

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