Chemistry in the Marketplace Edition 6

September 2017
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    18th September 2017
  • ISBN 9781486303328
  • Language English
  • Pages 550 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.625"
  • Images 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.

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

"Unique book which makes chemistry come alive."

Dr A. J. Davies, South Australian College of Advanced Education

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


Ben Selinger

Ben Selinger 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 received a Eureka Prize for Science Communication from the Australian Museum.

Russell Barrow

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.