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The Emperor Of Scent: A Story of Perfume, Obsession and the Last Mystery of the Senses Paperback – 4 Mar 2004
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"The Emperor of Scent is a gem of a book- I was mesmerised and enlightened by the many perfect asides woven into the main body of this incredible true tale." (Alexandra Fuller)
"With the contagious enthusiasm of a nerd given the run of a chemistry lab, he has transformed a chance meeting with a curious biophysicist named Luca Turin into an amusing and poetic adventure in science and art." (Washington Post)
"Ebullient- a book that celebrates the randomness and arbitrariness of discovery while also translating complex science into the colloquial- as its title indicates, The Emperor of Scent presents a larger-than-life autocrat and his interesting, engaging eccentricities-an inspired, exhilarating view of idiosyncratic science" (New York Times)
"Fascinating and lucid- the details of Turin's work unfold like a revelation. For his part, Burr does a fine job of turning both the science and the academic jockeying around a possible publication in Nature into a pulse-racing affair." (New Yorker)
"A brilliant, feisty scientist at the center of a nasty, back-stabbing, utterly absorbing, cliff-hanging scramble for the Nobel Prize. The Emperor of Scent is a quirky, wonderful book." (John Berendt)
Patrick Suskind's novel Perfume made real - the true history of a scientific genius with eerie powers of smell who uses his gifts to solve one of the body's last secrets: how the nose works.See all Product description
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An avid reader of Turin's perfume reviews, I was aware of his scientific research as well.
Silverbacks of today's science, deprived of their medieval right to burn opponents to death, choose most effective weapon of the Information Age: silence; ignoring the challenger.
Is this in any way relevant to me? After all, so many scientific papers collect the dust in the archives of big corporations...
But, I am affected! I am deprived of wonderful NEW smells that could result if Turin's science was given a chance!
Author is a journalist and is forgiven for sometimes poor writing.
Luca Turin's own book on the subject, "The Secret of Scent" is also available. Compare it to this one.
I looked through the book index before reading to spot the fact that smell has more to do with the quantum vibration of molecules vs just the shape. So, looks like there may be interesting information in the book, but missing major how smellers smell. Our noses literally hear smells.
Now getting down to reading second chapter (Creation) we learn about G strings and coke bottles. There are some charts and graphs to get us over any concept difficulties.
Soon you will be absorbed in the theory and want to stop on every other page do a little more in-depth research on your own; then you go back to the book and carry on.
This book made me aware of “Review of Scientific Instruments.” I went out of the net and found the official site. Many hours of fun perusing.
The section called creation explains how things work in a simple an elegant way. It tries to say that smells are more for food than sex. I wonder?
We get the nitty-gritty on experiments and why two modules have the same shape but different smells. (even a sketch of the space- filling models.)
Long story short you get the blow by blow working of a mind (Luca Turin) unraveling the secrets of Scent.
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