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The Secret of Scent

Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell

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The Secret of Scent by Luca Turin
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Smell is our forgotten scense. 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 the puzzle. Luca Turin has been described by 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 sense. A small band of mavericks has been trying to crack the code of smell for 70 years. Building 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.

Author Biography

Luca Turin was born in 1953 and educated in France, Italy and the UK. He holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of London and was for 10 years a tenured staff member of the French CNRS. He is the author of many scientific publications as well as a much-praised perfume guide. For seven years he was Lecturer in Biophysics at University College London. He now designs scent molecules for a US startup company, Flexitral, using the scientific process described in this book. He is the subject of an award-winning BBC Horizon documentary and a biography, The Emperor of Scent.
Release date NZ
May 17th, 2007
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Main
Imprint
Faber & Faber
Pages
224
Dimensions
125x197x15
ISBN-13
9780571215386
Product ID
2346783

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