IYC 2011 Book Club: The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession by Chandler Burr

The Emperor of Scent

The IYC 2011 book club pairs speakers with books to give readers a sense of the humanistic aspects of chemistry through strong narratives. 

Featured reading and speaker

The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession by Chandler Burr
The turbulent world of scent and science meet in the form of a scientist with a radical new theory of smell and a nose that can pick out the individual ingredients in perfume. Chemist Joseph Rucker discussed the sense and sensibility of smell.

About the IYC 2011 book club

CHF presents a bi-monthly IYC 2011 book club in partnership with Head House Books—an independent Philadelphia shop that runs book clubs and a speakers program. Participants are not expected to have a chemistry (or strong science) background. 

The book list includes fiction and nonfiction, works by chemists and by science journalists, books on recent science, and books with a strong element of history of science. Speakers are chemists, historians of science, perfume makers, and artists.

The International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.

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