A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club
Explaining 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