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The Emperor of Scent

A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

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Paperback published by Random House Trade Paperbacks (Random House Publishing Group)

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The Emperor of Scent tells of the scientific maverick Luca Turin, a connoisseur and something of an aesthete who wrote a bestselling perfume guide and bandied about an outrageous new theory on the human sense of smell. Drawing on cutting-edge work in biology, chemistry, and physics, Turin used his obsession with perfume and his eerie gift for smell to turn the cloistered worlds of the smell business and science upside down, leading to a solution to the last great mystery of the senses: how the nose works.
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The Emperor of Scent tells of the scientific maverick Luca Turin, a connoisseur and something of an aesthete who wrote a bestselling perfume guide and bandied about an outrageous new theory on the human sense of smell. Drawing on cutting-edge work in biology, chemistry, and physics, Turin used his obsession with perfume and his eerie gift for smell to turn the cloistered worlds of the smell business and science upside down, leading to a solution to the last great mystery of the senses: how the nose works.
Product Details
Paperback (352 pages)
Published: February 10, 2004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780375759819
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  • Start with the deepest mystery of smell. No one knows how we do it.

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  • "Chemical Senses" received the paper on July 31, 1996. Steve van Toller published "A Spectroscopic Mechanism for Primary Olfactory Reception" on September 30.

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