Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste
Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste

Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste

The Chemistry of Household Ingredients
By Simon Quellen Field


288 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

ISBN 9781556526978

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Nov 2007)


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A fascinating guide to understanding the complex chemicals found in everyday items
A Selection of the Scientific American Book ClubExplaining why antifreeze is a component of toothpaste and how salt works in shampoo, this fascinating handbook delves into the chemistry of everyday household products. Decoding more than 150 cryptic ingredients, the guide explains each component's structural formula, offers synonymous names, and describes its common uses. This informative resource can serve curious readers as a basic primer to commercial chemistry or as an indexed reference for specific compounds found on a product label. Grouped according to type, these chemical descriptions will dissolve common misunderstandings and help make consumers more product savvy.


"A very helpful volume identifying unusual and practical applications of chemical compounds." —Choice

Author Biography

Simon Quellen Field is the author of Gonzo Gizmos and Return of Gonzo Gizmos and the creator of the popular website www.scitoys.com. He lives in Los Gatos, California.