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The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell.

THE SECRET OF SCENT: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell LUCA TURIN

Scents permeate the air, as fragrances of all sorts are being added to an increasing number of products. Remarkably, scientists are still working out the mechanism with which our noses read molecules and translate the resulting nerve signals into the experience of smell. Turin, an olfaction researcher, illustrates for the reader the unique combination of art and science that typifies fragrance production. He explains the processes of extracting scents from their natural sources and of making synthetic scents, both of which are essential to perfumes. He surveys the landscape of common scents, from vanilla to sandalwood to musk, revealing their molecular makeups and detailing the rich variety of flavors that they and variations of them can create. He then outlines the prevailing theories on how olfactory systems recognize scents. Finally, Turin details his own theory of olfaction, which guides him in designing new fragrances. HarperCollins, 2006, 207 p., b&w images, hardcover, $23.95.
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Publication:Science News
Date:Nov 18, 2006
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