Fly in the Ointment, The by Dr. Joe Schwarcz, ECW Press

The Fly in the Ointment: 70 Fascinating Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Life

Schwarcz, Dr. Joe

  • Hot on the heels of his previous bestsellers, award-winning author Dr. Joe Schwarcz’s latest book, The Fly in the Ointment, doesn’t disappoint. From pesticides and environmental estrogens to lipsticks and garlic, Dr. Joe is back to demystify the science that surrounds us. Why do some people drill holes in their heads for “enlightenment”? How did a small chemical error nearly convict the unfortunate Patricia Stallings for murdering her son? Where does the expression “take a bromide” come from? Schwarcz investigates aphrodisiacs, ddt, bottled water, vitamins, barbiturates, plastic wrap, and smoked meat. He puts worries about acrylamide, preservatives, and waxed fruit into perspective and unravels the mysteries of bulletproof vests, weight loss diets, and “mad honey.” From the fanciful to the factual, Dr. Joe Schwarcz enlightens us all — no drills attached.
  • Dr. Joe Schwarcz is the director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. In addition to his weekly radio program and newspaper column, “Dr. Joe” makes regular television appearances and is a frequent public lecturer. He is the recipient of the 2003 Independent Publishers Book Award and the American Chemical Society’s Stack-Grady Award for interpreting science to the public.

  • Published: August 2004

    ISBN: 9781550226218

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 in.

    Pages: 298