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Re: Underwhelming science
Max The Magnificent   7/29/2015 10:16:20 AM
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@pwerl_geek: ...the science is badly wrong, which casts doubt on the credibility of the rest of the book...

Well, I'm certainly not going to volunteer to be a tester for the next edition of the book LOL

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Underwhelming science
perl_geek   7/28/2015 7:41:11 PM
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According to at least a couple of the reviewers of "The Poisoner's Handbook", the science is badly wrong, which casts doubt on the credibility of the rest of the book.

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"Slay it with Flowers"
betajet   7/28/2015 11:24:26 AM
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A great introduction to poisons and how they kill you is the chapter "Slay it with Flowers" in Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice (the book, not the comic-book-like movie).  It's all about poisonous plants and animals.

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Re: apropos of the topic
Max The Magnificent   7/28/2015 10:49:42 AM
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@antedeluvian: ...if you want to know what I really thought of it, you will have to search for my name amongst the 301 reviews...

You little trickster you!

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Re: "The Inheritor's Powder"
Max The Magnificent   7/28/2015 10:48:29 AM
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@betajet: The late Prof. Henry Guckel [...] testing the level of arsenic doping on a wafer by having a graduate student taste it -- to see if he drops dead.

I bet he was a lot of fun at parties LOL

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apropos of the topic
antedeluvian   7/27/2015 8:09:32 PM
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there is a book on the development of forensic pathology in detecting poisons in the early 20th Century

The Poisoner's Handbook.

It wasn't bad, but  if you want to know what I really thought of it, you will have to search for my name amongst the 301 reviews.

There is another on a similar topic The Father of Forensics: The Groundbreaking Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, and the Beginnings of Modern CSI, although I can't reccomend it at all.

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"The Inheritor's Powder"
betajet   7/27/2015 6:03:52 PM
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I haven't read it myself, but this book claims to know a lot about the history of arsenic and its use as a poison: The Inheritor's Powder

The late Prof. Henry Guckel who created the IC fabrication lab at the University of Wisconsin liked to joke about testing the level of arsenic doping on a wafer by having a graduate student taste it -- to see if he drops dead.  He also used to say (with Auric Goldfinger accent): "We use two kinds of poison gas for doping.  One will kill you in five seconds, the other instantaneously.  So come around to the lab sometime... we're always looking for volunteers to help us change the poison gas flasks."

Henry Guckel

 

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realjjj   7/27/2015 5:37:07 PM
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If it had great taste a lot more people would eat it and it would be served in fast foods.

Hey but maybe it has a chameleonic taste and just fools our taste buds.Now that would be useful. How costly is arsenic again?

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