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

Author(s): Luca Turin

Science & Natural History

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. First published 2006.


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

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780571215386
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : Faber and Faber
  • : May 2007
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 256
  • : New edition
  • : Paperback
  • : Luca Turin