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Chemistry in the Marketplace - Ben Selinger

Paperback Published: 1st June 2017
ISBN: 9781486303328
Number Of Pages: 544

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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 Marketplace provides 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!

About the Author

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.

Industry Reviews

Praise for previous editions:
"Excellent and pioneering...it forced me to think, informed me greatly and made me laugh."--New Scientist

"Instructive source of reference for the concerned consumer, high school and postgraduate chemistry students, and chemistry teachers and demonstrators at all levels."--Chemistry in Australia

A fascinating discussion on applied chemistry and society


This is by far the best book that I know of that gives the reader a good understanding of how society interacts with chemicals. It is applicable to anyone who works with chemicals and wants to get an understanding of the bigger picture of chemicals, as well as to general readers who are curious about chemicals and applied science. The book is very up to date, and as far as I can tell, the authors are extremely well informed. As someone who works in the chemical industry I would go so far as to say that much of the information in the book should be taught at senior high school level. The only negative to me is that sometimes the writing style is "dumbed down" with weak humour or sarcasm. This is a minor point that does not detract from the value of the book. I should also point out that the presentation of the book in terms of structure, illustrations and diagrams is excellent.



Well written. Very helpful


For everyday reference in the home or educational institution

Austinmer nsw



5.0 2


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

ISBN: 9781486303328
ISBN-10: 1486303323
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 1st June 2017
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.0  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.3
Edition Number: 6
Edition Type: Revised

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