Book review assignment

The process of olfaction is widely-thought to be based on molecular shape: an odorant molecule has a particular shape and this particular shape recognized by one of many olfactory receptors on the surface of cells. But there have been some challenges to this prevailing view. In The Emperor of scent you will read an engaging account of a scientist who champions a decidedly minority view: that olfaction is based on molecular vibration, not shape.


Your assignment is to write a review of this book. The goal of your review is to provide potential readers of the book with a preview of the book, as well as some critical analysis of the book’s organization and content, and the author’s writing style. Please include discussions of which aspects of the book you enjoyed or did not enjoy, and why. To repeat, this is a book review, not a book report.


For some ideas on how to go about preparing for and writing your review, take a look at Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL). On the left-hand menu, under the heading “Common writing assignments,” there is a link titled “Book Review.”


            Due in class on Tuesday, April 9, 2013



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