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A Feast of Science: Intriguing Morsels from the Science of Everyday Life

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An entertaining and digestible volume that demystifies science, from the author of 16 bestselling popular science books

Crave answers? 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 “ch
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by ECW Press
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Lili
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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As both a tea blogger and someone with physical disabilities, I am constantly bombarded with outlandish claims on how everything is either a miracle drug or is going to kill me gruesomely, with very little (or a gross misunderstanding of) science involved in these claims. It drives me more than a little crazy. This book brings the science to combat various claims (my favorite, of course, was the guy who was convinced fish genes were in tomatoes) that fear-monger.

This b
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Dianna
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A series of information bytes: the author takes a myth or deception currently floating around (soap cures restless legs, latest miracle supplement cures cancer, etc.), and picks it apart from a reductionist scientific background. If more people would think this way, we'd see fewer rumors floating around online these days!

The thought behind this book is important—think through what you're reading before you believe it—but the organization is pretty random and there is no continuity. It felt a lit
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Josee Leon
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received this book from Net Galley.

4 stars
Why didn't I know about Dr. Schwarcz before? I love the no nonsense approach to scientific or not so scientific claims from this fellow Canadian! This book offers very interesting tidbits on a variety of subjects, most of them health related, that all link back to chemistry.
The book wasn't organized into sections - it just jumped from one subject to the next, with each new piece prefaced by a title. I can't say I minded the format as each topic was qui
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Audrey
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a great book. I'll admit, I didn't learn as much new trivia as I had hoped, but I definitely refined information I already knew. And I certainly gained more respect for chemistry than I had. While I've always understood inherently that it was all around us, this really drove it home. All that being said, the presentation of this book makes it a quick read. Almost along a similar line of an Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, though with more intelligent content.

* I was granted access to an AR
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Christine
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is yet another great book from the no-nonsense but always entertaining Dr. Joe Schwarcz. He gives science a very good name, showing how every aspect of our lives is connected in some way with science. The content is is full of interesting "morsels" of facts, presented in the most appetizing manner. The range of topics is incredible, from TV shows, ancient history, "health" fads old and new, the environment, food and drink, our consuming ways...open to any page and you will find something th ...more
Jean
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. Huge variety of topics, each covered in one or two pages. Very readable.
Dan Watts
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've long been a fan of Joe Schwarcz's books, and I'm surprised they aren't better known. His writing style is easy to follow, something which can't be said of more highly acclaimed science writers (Gleick, Mukherjee, Ridley, etc.). Also, chemistry is a relatively neglected topic these days.

This particular book repeatedly targets what the author feels are pseudo-science and dodgy medical treatments. In my case he's preaching to the choir, so amen to that, but fans of Dr Oz, Gwyneth Paltrow and t
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Great book with a lot of helpful information, it's not a fast read. It's not a book to read in one sitting.
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Feb 27, 2018 marked it as dnf
This didn't click with me the way I expected. The content is super interesting, but I didn't feel engaged enough to continue reading. I'm not sure if it was the writing style, or that the format felt a bit scattered. I might try this again, but in audiobook format, once it's released.
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Dr. Joe Schwarcz holds a PhD in chemistry and is host of the radio program The Dr. Joe Show, directo of McGill University's Office for Science & Society and the author of fourteen bestselling books. Well known for his informative and entertaining lectures, Dr. Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching and deciphering science for the public.
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