Chemistry in the Marketplace

Author(s): Ben Selinger; Russell Barrow

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Chemicals are everywhere. Many are natural and safe, others synthetic and dangerous. Or is it the other way around? Walking through the supermarket, you might ask yourself: should I be eating organic food? Is that anti-wrinkle cream a gimmick? Is it worth buying BPA-free plastics?

This sixth edition of Chemistry in the Marketplaceprovides fresh explanations, fascinating facts, and funny anecdotes about the serious science in the products we buy and the resources we use. With chapters on the chemistry found in different parts of our home, in the backyard, and in the world around us, Ben Selinger and Russell Barrow explain how things work, where marketing can be deceptive, and what risks you should really be concerned about. This book might even save you some money!

With the inclusion of experiments to help apply the concepts in the text, readers with a general interest in chemistry-related disciplines, high school teachers, and university professors will find this book useful and fun.


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Ben Selinger AM is Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. His extracurricular activities have included consumer protection, regulating Australia's chemicals, and providing features on science on talk-back radio and for the Canberra Times. He was awarded a Eureka Prize for Science Communication by the Australian Museum. Russell Barrow is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University. He researches the roles of chemicals in natural systems, including chemicals involved in ecological processes such as plant pollination and the chemistry of compounds from mushrooms that are used traditionally in Papua New Guinea.

* Preface Acknowledgements *1: Molecular musings *2: Chemistry of health and risk *3: Chemistry of surfaces *4: Chemistry in the laundry *5: Chemistry in the kitchen *6: Chemistry in the dining room *7: Biochemistry of metabolism and sport *8: Chemistry of cosmetics *9: Chemistry in the medicine cabinet *10: Chemistry of plastics and glass *11: Chemistry of fibres, fabrics and other yarns *12: Chemistry in the garden *13: Chemistry of hardware and stationery *14: Chemistry in the swimming pool *15: Chemistry at the beach *16: Biological effects of metals and metalloids *17: Chemistry in energy *18: Chemistry of ionising radiation *19: Experiments * Appendix 1: Nomenclature in chemistry * Appendix 2: Reporting amounts of material (units) * Appendix 3: Prevalence of logarithmic scales* Appendix 4: How much is safe? * Appendix 5: Phase diagrams * Appendix 6: Metal foils * Appendix 7: Metal alloys * Appendix 8: Maillard reaction * Appendix 9: Refractive index * Appendix 10: Glass transition temperature (Tg) * Appendix 11: The entropy game * Index

General Fields

  • : 9781486303328
  • : CSIRO Publishing
  • : CSIRO Publishing
  • : 1.302
  • : September 2017
  • : 245mm X 170mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ben Selinger; Russell Barrow
  • : Paperback
  • : 6th edition
  • : English
  • : 540
  • : 550