The Secret of Scent by Luca Turin
Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell

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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.
 

About Luca Turin

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Luca Turin holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of London. Since 1996 he has worked on primary olfactory reception and the prediction of odor character. In 2001 he became chief technical officer of Flexitral, where he uses his theory of olfaction to design new fragrances and flavor molecules.
 
Published January 1, 2006 by Perennial. 224 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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The author gives full credit to both men, whose work was not recognized in their lifetimes, and makes clear that he too still struggles to have his vibration theory accepted by those who believe that molecules’ shape gives them their odor.

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A scientist investigates the reason things smell the way they do.

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These smelled like musk but didn't answer a pressing question: what made natural musk smell the way it did?

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