A Feast of Science
An entertaining and digestible volume that demystifies science, from the author of 16 bestselling popular science booksCrave 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 “chemical” is not necessarily synonymous with “toxic.” Are there fish genes in tomatoes? Can snail-slime cream and bone broth really make your wrinkles disappear? What’s the problem with sugar, resistant starch, hops in beer, microbeads, and “secret” cancer cures? Are “natural” products the key to good health? And what is “fake news” all about? Dr. Joe answers these questions and more. 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.

A Feast of Science Details

TitleA Feast of Science
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherECW Press
ISBN-139781770411920
Rating
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Food, Health

A Feast of Science Review

  • Lili
    January 1, 1970
    From Netgalley for Review: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 From Netgalley for Review: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 book reads very easily, with a casual tone similar to a personal blog, my only complaint stems from that. If you are reading a (well constructed) blog they usually have a way of navigating the content, and sadly this book is very unorganized. I loved the tone and subject matter but the lack of consistent organization made my eye twitch. Even with that complaint I definitely recommend reading this book, if you are a person who thinks Dr Oz is a miracle worker or want to scream every time someone tells you tea will cure cancer, this book will either educate you or feel more than a little refreshing.
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  • Dianna
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 little like browsing through a blog or related sound bytes on the radio. The concepts and explanations are interesting, but so little time is spent on each that I'm not sure a real believer could ever be convinced of the wrongness of their favorite quackery.
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  • Josee Leon
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Net Galley.4 starsWhy 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 I received this book from Net Galley.4 starsWhy 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 quite interesting and well delivered. You can tell that this is not the author's first book. It is very well written and unlike other popular science books I've read lately, it inserts some humour without being awkward. It was very informative and confirmed I had the right ideas about food and unnecessary scares and concerns.
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 ARC of this book for review.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 that catches your attention, a new piece of information, something that makes you laugh, or that might make you stop and think.Buy this book for yourself, but also get an extra copy to give someone. They will thank you!
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating. Huge variety of topics, each covered in one or two pages. Very readable.
  • Dan Watts
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 their ilk will find this pretty tiresome.
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  • Curious Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the book.
  • Olivia Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Great book with a lot of helpful information, it's not a fast read. It's not a book to read in one sitting.
  • Monika
    January 1, 1970
    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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