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Science  11 Aug 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5788, pp. 763-764
DOI: 10.1126/science.1131937

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The Secret of Scent. Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell. By Luca Turin. Faber and Faber, London, 2006. 217 pp. £12.99. ISBN 0-571-21537-8. Forthcoming from Ecco, New York. ISBN 0-06-113383-3.

A biophysicist and perfume critic describes his obsession with olfaction and his controversial theory that we smell primarily by detecting the vibrational frequency of molecules.