Chemistry in the Marketplace
Edition: 6

Paper: 978 1 4863 0332 8 / $52.95
Published: September 2017  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
550 pp., 6 5/8" x 9 5/8"
color photos & illus
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!

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.

Table of Contents:
About the authors

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 the energy sector
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


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Reviews & Endorsements:
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
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