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by Luca Turin

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ISBN:
0571215378
Author:
Luca Turin
Category:
Engineering
Language:
English
Publisher:
Faber & Faber (May 18, 2006)
Pages:
256 pages
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1678 kb
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1408 kb
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Rating:
4.9
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517


Luca Turin holds a P. in biophysics from the University of London. Since 1996 he has worked on primary olfactory reception and the prediction of odor character.

Luca Turin holds a P. In 2001 he became chief technical officer of Flexitral, where he uses his theory of olfaction to design new fragrances and flavor molecules. The hardcover is different from the paper back-some typographical errors fixed. But for big science buffs looking for sound facts, there seems to be quite a few chemistry errors and invalid scientific concepts contained that haven't yet been corrected. For the random perfume and scent buff, this could be a curious tease into the science.

The Secret of Scent book. Readers who know Luca Turin as the lively central figure in Chandler Burr's The Emperor of Scent will remember the ongoing debate between two competing theories of The Secret of Scent is a book about science by way of art, in which the author's passion for perfume leads him to the scientific mystery of what makes one molecule smell of garlic. while another smells of rose.

Biochemist and perfume connoisseur Luca Turin thinks he cracked the code, and wrote a book about it: The .

Biochemist and perfume connoisseur Luca Turin thinks he cracked the code, and wrote a book about it: The Secret of Scent. If you've read Chandler Burr's The Emperor of Scent (2003), you're familiar with the basics of Turin's theory of olfaction: the nose works like a spectroscope, measuring the vibration of molecules to determine their smell. In The Secret of Scent, Turin reintroduces his vibration theory to the public, offering a personal perspective on how he got there, and where his work stands today.

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Is scent determined by molecular shape or molecular vibrations?

One man's passion for perfume leads him to explore one of the most intriguing scientific mysteries: What makes one molecule smell of garlic while another smells of rose? In this witty, engrossing, and wildly original volume, author Luca Turin explores the two competing theories of smell. Is scent determined by molecular shape or molecular vibrations? Turin describes in fascinating detail the science, the evidence, and the often contentious debate-from the beginnings of organic chemistry to the present day-and pays homage to the scientists who went before.

Luca Turin (born 20 November 1953) is a biophysicist and writer with a long-standing interest in bioelectronics, the sense of smell . The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell. ISBN 978-0-06-113383-1.

Luca Turin (born 20 November 1953) is a biophysicist and writer with a long-standing interest in bioelectronics, the sense of smell, perfumery, and the fragrance industry. 1 Early life and education.

This book is to writing on perfumes what Sacrebleu! is to perfumes. The Good: Turin definitely has an interesting, original theory of olfaction.

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"Meet Luca Turin, a renegade scientist and perfume critic with an extraordinary sense of smell." ("Newsday"). Funny, irreverent and passionate, "The Secret of Scent" opens the lid on two worlds - the glamorous and highly lucrative realm of the perfume makers, and the equally rivalrous domain of smell science. Smell is our forgotten sense. Long neglected by science in favour of more prestigious areas of research, it's also barely understood in general life. At the core of our sense of smell lies an enigma: why do things smell the way they do? How is smell written into the molecules? This book is the story of the quest to solve this puzzle. Luca Turin has been described in "The Economist" as 'a man with a powerful nose and a bizarre obsession with perfume.' Starting with a tour of the great perfumes and their gifted makers, he shows how few people have an idea of what perfume is or how it is made, let alone how smell works and what part it plays in other pleasures like food. But not everyone has ignored this powerful sense. A small band of mavericks has been trying to crack the code of smell for 70 years. Buiding on their work, Turin thinks he has succeeded. And like all good mysteries, the solution was all the while hidden in plain sight - in this case, right under our noses.
  • Ese
The hardcover is different from the paper back--some typographical errors fixed. But for big science buffs looking for sound facts, there seems to be quite a few chemistry errors and invalid scientific concepts contained that haven't yet been corrected.

For the random perfume and scent buff, this could be a curious tease into the science. However, for trained perfumery professionals looking for sound science and information, this is NOT the book for you--as I personally discovered. Turin claims that ‘‘reading
all that matters in structure-odour relations takes a few months’’ is a gross underestimate and could explain the confusion caused by some of the chemistry errors. Its also important to remember that the author is a fan of fragrance but admits early that he has never had any chemistry training when talking about the "science of smelling."

I admire his passion and enjoyed hearing his vibrational theory (as that is more his expertise) but just a warning out to those looking for validated information based on training or experience
  • Wel
This is more opinionated and provides a large amount of personal influences that can over run the chemistry included in the book. Sometimes uses personal disapproval to cast options on quality than relying on scientific findings to provide logical conclusions.

At times, the writing is extremely basic definitions of common words that could have been used without adding fluff to the writing to take up space on the page.
  • Dibei
Luca Turin has produced a wonderful volume on the world of perfume and the chemistry behind it.

The pages are packed with personal stories and wonderfully refreshing insights from Luca Turin's decades in the perfume business.

The material is very approachable, and I learned a lot reading the book.

One caveat, while this did not remove any stars for me, some people might be upset by his premise that we smell fragrances based on a complex vibrational analysis using quantum effects in the olfactory sensors.

I'm not convinced, but that did not spoil the book for me.

My favorite part of the book was the description of the various base scent categories and the types of molecules that made up the family of scents.

Brilliant!
  • Maximilianishe
Incredibly accessible and interesting writing from someone who has an advanced chemistry background. I never took chemistry and even I have very little trouble following along, as the author is terribly adept at shaping his concepts in a way that a person of average to above-average intelligence can follow. If you're interested in cooking, perfumes, or any other field that is heavily scent-oriented, this is a great book. He does write in sections that follow, one after another, rather than breaking the book into chapters, which can be a little be tedious on a reader psychologically, but his writing is cohesive and lively and he covers the topic well, with an exhaustive amount of citation one can refer to if interested in further perusing the subjects of chemistry and smell.
  • interactive man
I will leave it up to Mr Turin and his fellow researchers in this field to determine whether his theory is correct or not. Certainly I applaud him for putting it out there - to misquote Fran Liebowitz "no one has ever said, everything is fine, let's go invent fire". If Columbus, and every other sailor after him stayed with current knowledge, where would the global village be today? My own wishful thinking is that this marvellous bio-chemical-mechanical machine we call a body, does indeed operate in the quantum realm in some form or fashion. Mainly though my review is on all the marvellous content other than quantum mechanical noses, that this book contains. I envy Mr Turin's access and profession which allows him to research at will. His book was a delightful cornucopia of obscure (to the layman) data, spanning physics, chemistry, history, all put togther in a well written, entertaining, engrossing format. It was a pleasure to jump all over the map of science with him, it was a pleasure to see the coherence and methodology of what may at first appear to be a random interest in all matters scientific, it was a pleasure to witness the avid curiosity of his mind, and the quality of his writing on the whole - each turn of phrase, choice of words, made for an exceptional read. This book, with its numerous bits of data on all sorts of wonderful and interesting things, has led me to many enjoyable reads, retracing as best I can the footsteps of the author's reading and research.
  • black coffe
A little too heavy on the science part but in GREAT shape as expected and promised. Would have been a better book if it had been in simpler terms for the nonscientific person. (I flipped through the book when I got it and as soon as I saw the pictures of all the molecules(?), I closed the book and decided to pick it up later...but WILL read it when I'm in the mood for something a little "heavier")