The Secret of Scent

The Secret of Scent


By (author) Luca Turin

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 18mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571215386
  • ISBN 13: 9780571215386
  • Sales rank: 104,003

Product description

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.

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Author information

Luca Turin was born in 1953 and educated in France, Italy and the UK. He is the author of many scientific publications as well as a much-praised perfume guide. He is the subject of an award-winning BBC Horizon documentary and a biography, The Emperor of Scent.

Review quote

"'The Secret of Scent may be a curiosity, but it is one that will have you smelling the silence of a snowy night.' Observer"