Scents and Sensibility Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

Scents and Sensibility


  • Author : Spencer Quinn
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-06-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476703435

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Scents and Sensibility Excerpt :

When his neighbour gets in trouble for cactus smuggling, Bernie Little, along with his dog, investigates and discovers dangerous goings-on in the desert that seem to be linked to a strange festival, a cult, and a long-ago kidnapping.

Scents and Sensibility Book

Scents and Sensibility


  • Author : Catherine Maxwell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-10-11
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191005206

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Scents and Sensibility Excerpt :

This lively, accessible book is the first to explore Victorian literature through scent and perfume, presenting an extensive range of well-known and unfamiliar texts in intriguing and imaginative new ways that make us re-think literature's relation with the senses. Concentrating on aesthetic and decadent authors, Scents and Sensibility introduces a rich selection of poems, essays, and fiction, exploring these texts with reference to both the little-known cultural history of perfume use and the appreciation of natural fragrance in Victorian Britain. It shows how scent and perfume are used to convey not merely moods and atmospheres but the nuances of the aesthete or decadent's carefully cultivated identity, personality, or sensibility. A key theme is the emergence of the olfactif, the cultivated individual with a refined sense of smell, influentially represented by the poet and critic Algernon Charles Swinburne, who is emulated by a host of canonical and less well-known aesthetic and decadent successors such as Walter Pater, Edmund Gosse, John Addington Symonds, Lafcadio Hearn, Michael Field, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Mark André Raffalovich, Theodore Wratislaw, and A. Mary F. Robinson. This book explores how scent and perfume pervade the work of these authors in many different ways, signifying such diverse things as style, atmosphere, influence, sexuality, sensibility, spirituality, refinement, individuality, the expression of love and poetic creativity, and the aura of personality, dandyism, modernity, and memory. A coda explores the contrasting twentieth-century responses of Virginia Woolf and Compton Mackenzie to the scent of Victorian literature.

Scents and Sensibility Book

Scents and Sensibility


  • Author : Catherine Maxwell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-10-19
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191005213

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Scents and Sensibility Excerpt :

This lively, accessible book is the first to explore Victorian literature through scent and perfume, presenting an extensive range of well-known and unfamiliar texts in intriguing and imaginative new ways that make us re-think literature's relation with the senses. Concentrating on aesthetic and decadent authors, Scents and Sensibility introduces a rich selection of poems, essays, and fiction, exploring these texts with reference to both the little-known cultural history of perfume use and the appreciation of natural fragrance in Victorian Britain. It shows how scent and perfume are used to convey not merely moods and atmospheres but the nuances of the aesthete or decadent's carefully cultivated identity, personality, or sensibility. A key theme is the emergence of the olfactif, the cultivated individual with a refined sense of smell, influentially represented by the poet and critic Algernon Charles Swinburne, who is emulated by a host of canonical and less well-known aesthetic and decadent successors such as Walter Pater, Edmund Gosse, John Addington Symonds, Lafcadio Hearn, Michael Field, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Mark André Raffalovich, Theodore Wratislaw, and A. Mary F. Robinson. This book explores how scent and perfume pervade the work of these authors in many different ways, signifying such diverse things as style, atmosphere, influence, sexuality, sensibility, spirituality, refinement, individuality, the expression of love and poetic creativity, and the aura of personality, dandyism, modernity, and memory. A coda explores the contrasting twentieth-century responses of Virginia Woolf and Compton Mackenzie to the scent of Victorian literature.

Sense and Sensibility Book

Sense and Sensibility


  • Author : Jane Austen
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1864
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 356
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:HN6GWD

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Smellosophy Book

Smellosophy


  • Author : A. S. Barwich
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674245402

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Smellosophy Excerpt :

A pioneering exploration of olfaction that upsets settled notions of how the brain translates sensory information. Decades of cognition research have shown that external stimuli “spark” neural patterns in particular regions of the brain. This has fostered a view of the brain as a space that we can map: here the brain responds to faces, there it perceives a sensation in your left hand. But it turns out that the sense of smell—only recently attracting broader attention in neuroscience—doesn’t work this way. A. S. Barwich asks a deceptively simple question: What does the nose tell the brain, and how does the brain understand it? Barwich interviews experts in neuroscience, psychology, chemistry, and perfumery in an effort to understand the biological mechanics and myriad meanings of odors. She argues that it is time to stop recycling ideas based on the paradigm of vision for the olfactory system. Scents are often fickle and boundless in comparison with visual images, and they do not line up with well-defined neural regions. Although olfaction remains a puzzle, Barwich proposes that what we know suggests the brain acts not only like a map but also as a measuring device, one that senses and processes simple and complex odors. Accounting for the sense of smell upsets theories of perception philosophers have developed. In their place, Smellosophy articulates a new model for understanding how the brain represents sensory information.

Neurogastronomy Book

Neurogastronomy


  • Author : Gordon Shepherd
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-07-16
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231159111

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Neurogastronomy Excerpt :

Challenging the belief that the sense of smell diminished during human evolution, Shepherd argues that this sense, which constitutes the main component of flavor, is far more powerful and essential than previously believed. --from publisher description.

Perfume  A Century of Scents Book

Perfume A Century of Scents


  • Author : Lizzie Ostrom
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2015-10-22
  • Genre: Design
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473506084

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Perfume A Century of Scents Excerpt :

The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents. Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell. Join Lizzie Ostrom, dubbed ‘the Heston Blumenthal of perfume’ (Daily Mail), on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.

Scents   Sensibility Book

Scents Sensibility


  • Author : Catherine Maxwell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198701750

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Scents Sensibility Excerpt :

Explores Victorian literature through scent and perfume, presenting an extensive range of well-known and unfamiliar texts in intriguing and imaginative new ways that make us re-think literature's relation with the senses. A selection of poems, essays, and fiction, exploring these texts with reference to both the little-known cultural history of perfume use and the appreciation of natural fragrance in Victorian Britain. It shows how scent and perfume are used to convey not merely moods and atmospheres but the nuances of the aesthete or decadent's carefully cultivated identity, personality, or sensibility.

The Human Superorganism Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

The Human Superorganism


  • Author : Rodney Dietert, PhD
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101983911

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The Human Superorganism Excerpt :

"Eyeopening... Fascinating... may presage a paradigm shift in medicine.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Teeming with information and big ideas... Outstanding.” —Booklist (starred review) The origin of asthma, autism, Alzheimer's, allergies, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and even some kinds of depression is now clear. Award-winning researcher on the microbiome, professor Rodney Dietert presents a new paradigm in human biology that has emerged in the midst of the ongoing global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases. The Human Superorganism makes a sweeping, paradigm-shifting argument. It demolishes two fundamental beliefs that have blinkered all medical thinking until very recently: 1) Humans are better off as pure organisms free of foreign microbes; and 2) the human genome is the key to future medical advances. The microorganisms that we have sought to eliminate have been there for centuries supporting our ancestors. They comprise as much as 90 percent of the cells in and on our bodies—a staggering percentage! More than a thousand species of them live inside us, on our skin, and on our very eyelashes. Yet we have now significantly reduced their power and in doing so have sparked an epidemic of noncommunicable diseases—which now account for 63 percent of all human deaths. Ultimately, this book is not just about microbes; it is about a different way to view humans. The story that Dietert tells of where the new biology comes from, how it works, and the ways in which it affects your life is fascinating, authoritative, and revolutionary. Dietert identifies foods that best serve you, the superorganism; not new fad foods but ancient foods that have made sense for millennia. He explains protective measures against unsafe chemicals and drugs. He offers an empowering self-care guide and the blueprint for a revolution in public health. We are not what we have been taught. Each of us is a superorganism. The best path to a healthy life is through recognizing that

Art Scents Book

Art Scents


  • Author : Larry E. Shiner
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Aesthetics
  • Pages : 373
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190089818

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Art Scents Excerpt :

"An overview of the aesthetic and ethical issues raised by the contemporary olfactory arts, which range from gallery and museum sculptures and installations, through the enhancement of theatre, film and music with scents, to the ambient scenting of stores and avant-garde chefs' use of scents in cuisine. Special attention is given to the aesthetics of perfume and incense and the question of their art status, as well as to the role of scent in the appreciation of nature and gardens. Ethical issues are discussed regarding ambient scenting, perfume wearing, and the use of smells in fast-food marketing. Because of the traditional neglect and denigration of the sense of smell and its aesthetic potential by philosophers from Kant and Hegel to the present, and by Darwin's and Freud's view of the human sense of smell as a near useless evolutionary vestige, the first parts of the book counter that tradition with both philosophical arguments and evidence from current evolutionary theory, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, history, linguistics and literature. Although the focus is on Western olfactory arts, the book draws on non-Western examples throughout. The book is aimed at both philosophers and general readers interested in the arts, and develops positions that should stimulate further discussion"--

Outsmarting Alzheimer s Book

Outsmarting Alzheimer s


  • Author : Kenneth S. Kosik
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-12-29
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781621452447

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Outsmarting Alzheimer s Excerpt :

An easy-to-follow, research-based guide to the simple, low-cost choices that give the reader the power to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia; slow the progression of the disease; and mitigate symptoms and improve well-being. Did you know that eating grilled meat could increase your risk of being struck down by dementia? Or that getting on the treadmill can help keep your brain sharp? The dozens of choices you make over the course of any average day — ordering the curry vs. the samosas, reading the newspaper vs. watching the news — really can determine whether you'll develop Alzheimer's years from now as well as how quickly the disease will progress. The US government pours an annual $480 million into Alzheimer's research, but effective medical treatments remain elusive. The good news is that you have the power to outsmart this terrifying disease. Based on the latest scientific research, Outsmarting Alzheimer's gives you more than 75 simple lifestyle prescriptions in the six key areas with the most scientific evidence for protecting your brain health: S=Social Smarts M=Meal Smarts A=Aerobic Smarts R=Resilience to Stress Smarts T=Train Your Brain Smarts S=Sleep Smarts These easy, low-cost, and fun brain-boosting activities include: throwing dinner parties; playing video games; snuggling with someone you care about; and dancing. By sharpening your Brain SMARTS with these quick tips, you can boost your mental edge and prevent or slow memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's. Plus, Outsmarting Alzheimer's features: *a personalized 3-week plan to help you put these prescriptions into action *almost 40 easy and delicious brain-boosting recipes *50 interactive brain-training games *a simple and effective 7-minute workout *special sections for caregivers to help them help their loved ones put the plan into effect If you have a family history of Alzheimer's disease, Outsmarting Alzheimer's can help you delay and even stop this

Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam Book

Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam


  • Author : Mary Thurlkill
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2016-07-26
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 213
  • ISBN 10 : 9780739174531

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Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam Excerpt :

Medieval scholars and cultural historians have recently turned their attention to the question of “smells” and what olfactory sensations reveal about society in general and holiness in particular. Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam contributes to that conversation, explaining how early Christians and Muslims linked the “sweet smell of sanctity” with ideals of the body and sexuality; created boundaries and sacred space; and imagined their emerging communal identity. Most importantly, scent—itself transgressive and difficult to control—signaled transition and transformation between categories of meaning. Christian and Islamic authors distinguished their own fragrant ethical and theological ideals against the stench of oppositional heresy and moral depravity. Orthodox Christians ridiculed their ‘stinking’ Arian neighbors, and Muslims denounced the ‘reeking’ corruption of Umayyad and Abbasid decadence. Through the mouths of saints and prophets, patriarchal authors labeled perfumed women as existential threats to vulnerable men and consigned them to enclosed, private space for their protection as well as society’s. At the same time, theologians praised both men and women who purified and transformed their bodies into aromatic offerings to God. Both Christian and Muslim pilgrims venerated sainted men and women with perfumed offerings at tombstones; indeed, Christians and Muslims often worshipped together, honoring common heroes such as Abraham, Moses, and Jonah. Sacred Scents begins by surveying aroma’s quotidian functions in Roman and pre-Islamic cultural milieus within homes, temples, poetry, kitchens, and medicines. Existing scholarship tends to frame ‘scent’ as something available only to the wealthy or elite; however, perfumes, spices, and incense wafted through the lives of most early Christians and Muslims. It ends by examining both traditions’ views of Paradise, identified as the archetypal Garden and source of all perfumes

Paw and Order Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

Paw and Order


  • Author : Spencer Quinn
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-08-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476703411

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Paw and Order Excerpt :

In the seventh installment in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and PI Bernie Little journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre.” Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing “major league prose.” Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot. Chet and Bernie pay a visit to Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, an ace reporter living in far-off Washington, DC. She’s working on a big story she can’t talk about, but when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest. Meanwhile Chet gets to know a powerful DC operative who may or may not have the goods on an ambitious politician. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird that Chet notices from the get-go but seems to have slipped by everybody else. Most menacing of all is Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws. As Harry Truman famously quipped, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Too bad he didn’t get to meet Chet!

Perfumes Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

Perfumes


  • Author : Luca Turin
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2010-08-06
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 620
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847651525

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Perfumes Excerpt :

'I've long wished perfumery to be taken seriously as an art, and for scent critics to be as fierce as opera critics, and for the wearers of certain "fragrances" to be hissed in public, while others are cheered. This year has brought Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, which I breathed in, rather than read, in one delighted gulp.' Hilary Mantel, Guardian Perfumes: The Guide is the culmination of Turin's lifelong obsession and rare scientific flair and Sanchez's stylish and devoted blogging about every scent that she's ever loved and loathed. Together they make a fine and utterly persuasive argument for the unrecognised craft of perfume-making. Perfume writing has certainly never been this honest, compelling or downright entertaining.

Odour in Textiles Book

Odour in Textiles


  • Author : G. Thilagavathi
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2022-03-18
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000548938

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Odour in Textiles Excerpt :

Odour in Textiles: Generation and Control presents the essential science and mechanisms behind the formation of odours in textiles. It discusses consumer perception of odour in clothing, the mechanism of odour formation in the skin, and the role of textile fibres and structures in odour formation. It also discusses odour controls and testing methods available for measurement of odours in textiles. Features: • Fills a gap in the literature as the first book to focus on textile and odour interaction • Discusses microbiological aspects of odour formation in simple terms • Details the role of textile fibres and structures on odour formation • Describes various testing methods, standards, and regulatory norms for odour analysis This book will appeal to a broad audience, including industry professionals in the textiles industry, hygiene and health care, the chemical and finishing industry, and odour measurement and testing. It will also interest advanced students and research scholars studying textile engineering, clothing science, and fashion design.