Books by Simon Quellen Field



Culinary Reactions

When you're cooking, you're a chemist! Every time you follow or modify a recipe, you are experimenting with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams. In your kitchen you denature proteins, crystallize compounds, react enzymes with substrates, and nurture desired microbial life while suppressing harmful bacteria and fungi. And unlike in a laboratory, you can eat your experiments to verify your hypotheses.

In Culinary Reactions, author Simon Quellen Field turns measuring cups, stovetop burners, and mixing bowls into graduated cylinders, Bunsen burners, and beakers. How does altering the ratio of flour, sugar, yeast, salt, butter, and water affect how high bread rises? Why is whipped cream made with nitrous oxide rather than the more common carbon dioxide? And why does Hollandaise sauce call for “clarified” butter? This easy-to-follow primer even includes recipes to demonstrate the concepts being discussed, including:

· Whipped Creamsicle Topping—a foam

· Cherry Dream Cheese—a protein gel

· Lemonade with Chameleon Eggs—an acid indicator

and many more.






Gut Reactions

How much do you really know about how the human body works and how it reacts to food, exercise, nutrition, and the environment?

While most people have read about at least one fad diet, they're left wondering about the greater biochemistry, psychology, sociology, and physiology of the obesity crisis in the United States.
Gut Reactions by chemist Simon Quellen Field shows readers how their bodies react to food and the environment and how their brains affect what and how much they eat.

It reveals why some diets work for some people but not for others, based on genetics, previous weight history, brain chemistry, environmental cues, and social pressures.

It explores how dozens of hormones affect hunger and satiety and interact with the brain and the gut to regulate feeding behavior.

And it explains the addictive nature of foods that interact with the same dopamine and opioid receptors in the brain as cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and nicotine.
Whether you're looking to lose weight, put on muscle mass, or simply understand how your metabolism or gut microbiome impact your food cravings, Simon Quellen Field has the scientific answers for you.





Immortal Reactions

In the last few years, research has exploded in the field of longevity. We now have an understanding of most of the mechanisms of aging, giving us a handle on slowing the process, and a pathway to reversing it.

Explore the reasons we age, why we age more slowly than most other animals, what goes wrong, and what to do about it. Delve into the latest science and see what is in store for the very near future.


Gonzo Gizmos

Step-by-step instructions to building more than 30 fascinating devices are included in this book for workbench warriors and grown-up geeks.


Detailed illustrations and diagrams explain how to construct a simple radio with a soldering iron, a few basic circuits, and three shiny pennies. Instructions are included for a rotary steam engine that requires a candle, a soda can, a length of copper tubing, and just 15 minutes.


To use optics to roast a hot dog, no electricity or stove is required, just a flexible plastic mirror, a wooden box, a little algebra, and a sunny day.


Also included are experiments most science teachers probably never demonstrated, such as magnets that levitate in midair, metals that melt in hot water, a Van de Graaff generator made from a pair of empty soda cans, and lasers that transmit radio signals.


Every experiment is followed by an explanation of the applicable physics or chemistry.




Return of Gonzo Gizmos

This fresh collection of more than 20 science projects—from hydrogen fuel cells to computer-controlled radio transmitters—is perfect for the tireless tinkerer.

Innovative activities include taking detailed plant cell photographs through a microscope using a disposable camera; building a rocket engine out of aluminum foil, paper clips, and kitchen matches; and constructing a geodesic dome out of gumdrops and barbecue skewers.

Organized by scientific topic, each chapter includes explanations of the physics, chemistry, biology, or mathematics behind the projects.

Most of the devices can be built using common household products or components available at hardware or electronic stores, and each experiment contains illustrated step-by-step instructions with photographs and diagrams that make construction easy.

No workbench warrior, science teacher, or grown-up geek should be without this idea-filled resource.




Black powder, the world's first chemical explosive, was originally developed in the seventh century, during China's Tang dynasty. It was a crude mixture at first, but over time chemists discovered the optimum proportion of sulfur, charcoal, and nitrates, as well as the best way to mix them so that the particles of each component were tiny and homogenous, resulting in a complete and powerful reaction.

Author and chemistry buff Simon Quellen Field takes readers on a decades-long journey through the history of things that go boom, from the early days of black powder to today's modern plastic explosives. Not just the who, when, and why, but also the how. How did Chinese alchemists come to create black powder? What accidents led to the discovery of high explosives? How do explosives actually work on a molecular scale? And though most people have a vague understanding that dynamite is more powerful than gunpowder, what does it mean to be more powerful?

Boom! The Chemistry and History of Explosives goes back to the original papers and patents written by the chemists who invented them, to shed light on their development, to explore the consequences of their use for good and ill, and to give the reader a basic understanding of the chemistry that makes them possible.




Why is Milk White

When it comes to chemistry, most kids have more questions than answers. Why do you get cavities when you eat too much sugar? How does sun block protect your skin from getting a sunburn? What makes soda so fizzy? And why do you need antifreeze in your car?

Teenager Alexa Coelho quizzed her neighbor, chemist Simon Field, with hundreds of perplexing questions, and now she has the answers. Field covers a wide variety of concepts from simple to complex, but always with straightforward, easy-to-understand explanations.

And for those readers who want to see chemistry in action, Why Is Milk White? also includes a dozen unique experiments to try at home. Lift latent fingerprints from a “crime scene” using super glue (for a glass or smooth surface) or iodine (for paper). Hollow out the zinc interior of a penny using muriatic acid, leaving only a thin copper shell. Conduct a paper chromatography experiment to separate food coloring into its component dyes. Or use easy-to-find chemicals to create plastic “slime,” Silly Putty, or a bouncing ball. This book is the perfect resource for budding scientists everywhere.




Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste

A Selection of the Scientific American Book Club

Explaining why antifreeze is a component of toothpaste and how salt works in shampoo, this fascinating handbook delves into the chemistry of everyday household products. Decoding more than 150 cryptic ingredients, the guide explains each component's structural formula, offers synonymous names, and describes its common uses. This informative resource can serve curious readers as a basic primer to commercial chemistry or as an indexed reference for specific compounds found on a product label. Grouped according to type, these chemical descriptions will dissolve common misunderstandings and help make consumers more product savvy.





Electronics For Artists

With today's modern technology--LEDs, servomotors, motion sensors, speakers, and more--artwork can incorporate elements of light, sound, and motion for dramatic effects.

Author and educator Simon Quellen Field has developed a primer for creative individuals looking for new ways to express themselves though electronically enhanced art.

Following step-by-step examples of basic circuitry and programming, readers can develop the skills necessary to enhance their works of art.

The book also features art projects to try, including a bouquet of glowing flowers, an LED metronome, a talking computer, a sessile robot, and a simple wheeled robot.

A variety of artistic works created by Field's students and based on these open-ended lessons are also included to provide creative sparks for the readers.

For those interested in programming their circuits, Field explores the basics of Energia, a free software package, and provides simple programs to create flashing light patterns, computer-controlled motors, and LCD text displays.




ST Applications Guide Programming in C

This is a complete guide to designing and writing ST application programs. Practical examples show how to use GEM routines to develop professional-looking applications. Explore topics such as disk files, menus, icons, the mouse, sliders, dialog boxes, programming desk accessories, music and more. All programs and examples are written in the C programming language.




ST Applications Machine Language

Atari ST Machine Language is your guide to 68000 machine language on the ST. Written for both the experience machine language programmer and those who have only programmed in high-level languages such as C, BASIC, or Pascal, this book is really two books in one. The main body of the book carefully takes you down the path to learning 68000 machine language on the Atari ST. Supplementing the main thread of the book are self-contained discussions of important basic concepts.










When she's not on the medication that keeps her sane, Raven is highly intelligent.

But during one of her lucid periods, she discovers that she is transmitting radio signals from an implanted device in her spine.

Is this what causes her symptoms? Who is tracking her? And why?

She and her new friends race to find out because the medications are killing her, and she doesn't have a lot of time left.




What Tigers Know About Entropy

Randall Story isn’t from around here.

He knows he can get home. He just has to work to make the world a better place, a little bit at a time.

But a lifetime of work is now threatened by people who have learned how to extract energy from the order of the universe.

They seem to be unaware that every watt they extract makes the world descend a little more into chaos.







No Future in Dying

What if someone from the future could send messages into the head of someone in our time?

And what if the only possible recipient was a schizophrenic who was used to hearing voices, and everyone he knows is used to him hearing voices?

And when he starts getting rich from lottery and horse-racing wins and stock tips, he gets the interest of the police, the mob, and the SEC?







June Clemson's mother Rachel is laundering 22 million reasons to keep her past a secret, even from her daughter.

But when June's innocent DNA test reveals relatives she didn't know existed, she puts her life and that of everyone she meets in grave danger.






A Memory of Elephants

Wade Bennet was shot in the arm while rescuing the kidnapped daughter of a crime boss.\

But that is only the beginning of his problems.

The daughter is now missing after maybe shooting her father with a gun taken from the kidnappers Wade killed.

At every turn, new evidence brings to light new mysteries, and no one can be trusted.

And that is just the beginning of Wade's problems.



Six Chambers, One Bullet

Sandra is in the business of finding people.

Unfortunately, the man she found was murdered shortly after being found.

She is on the run, hiding from her murderous client, and now from the police, who think she is killing people.

But Sandra is in the business of finding people. She knows how to hide.

And she knows that she must find her client in order to get her life back.

Or just save it.





A Quiet Place to Die

California's north coast is quiet, lonely, and rugged, and not a place well known for murder.

But when an investigator looking into a possible suicide is murdered, Jimmy Davis interrupts his retirement and takes the case. But as soon as he gets to the scene, the main suspect also turns up dead.

Connecting the three deaths is all the more difficult because everyone in the small community seems to be guilty. The pretty singer was dating the married suspect, and her footprints are at the cliff where he fell. The daughter of the first victim has several motives, as do most of the other locals who knew the three dead men.

A new approach to the investigation is needed, or the next investigator may end up dead as well.

A new approach is exactly what Jimmy Davis brings, but he also brings a gun.






A Distant Beacon

Sarah has awakened in unfamiliar places before. But this time the memory loss covers seven years.

In that time, she learns, she has married a billionaire, and also apparently murdered him.

It is only a matter of time before the police find her. But her doctors now have a treatment for her condition, and with time and work she should get back the memories of what happened during her blackout periods.

And those memories may be the key to whether she lives free, or dies in prison.






A Simple Piece of Mind

Jerry has half a brain, and half a mind to use it.

After his accident left him missing large parts of his brain, a computer chip was implanted to try to connect the pieces that were left. This left him, in his words, funny.

He lives with other funny people in a clinic for people like him, each of them with a unique take on life, given to them by their special gifts.

But when Jerry meets a funny little man who is very much out of this world, his own abilities begin to grow.

And Jerry is getting better every day...




A Twisted Garden

What would it be like to be genetically engineered?

To have your genes selected from thousands of the most successful athletes, scientists, businessmen, and scholars from all over the world?

Jack Wright knows, because that's just what was done to him. Growing up with the expectations of greatness, all his successes taken for granted, all his accomplishments attributed to his genes, he can run faster than any Olympian, but will never get a medal, since genetic enhancements are considered unfair competition, like performance enhancing drugs.

In a world where broad spectrum antiviral drugs have made most illnesses things of the past, including all sexually transmitted diseases, relationships form quickly and easily, without fear, except for Jack.

Living alone, the scars of growing up as a lonely superman leave him particularly at a loss when his path intersects with two women, whose secrets get them all involved with murder, gang warfare, illegal drug trading, and a mystery that Jack is uniquely suited to solve.





In the Time of Falling Water

Alice is trying to work out a series of puzzles her father had left her, which promise to show how he met her mother, who died when Alice was a baby.

Alice's father is away in Africa, leaving her with her great-Aunt Hellen alone on the big farm.

Alice and her father built treehouses and zip lines together and collected goats, alpacas, and chickens, which Alice takes care of daily.

Jamie lives next door with his grandfather and helps Alice figure out the puzzles, as they search the farm for places her father hid the next puzzle piece.

But as each puzzle shows more of the picture of Alice's mother, Alice becomes more troubled by the revelations.




Watchers on the Wind

Jason takes a job with a private security firm that considers his conviction for computer crime a benefit rather than a problem.

His tasks quickly move from writing software to fieldwork, as he discovers the job is actually taking down a murderous arms dealer, using spy cameras, drones, and sophisticated computer programs.

His trainer is the athletic law student Susie, for whom he is falling.



Local Grown

When two body dump cases land on his desk, detective Matt London soon finds himself unraveling a web of marijuana growers, dealers, money launderers, and more dead bodies than the county Sheriff's department has ever seen.

But none of the shady characters he encounters seem more than peripherally involved in the killings.

Are they suspects, or the next victims?



Shout at the Shadows

Sam hears voices. They bother him and occasionally scare the daylights out of him.

He does not want to go the way of his father, whose delusions ended in suicide.

But he can't shake the feeling that the voices are real, and they lead him to a beautiful world of telepathic communion that he finds addictive.

But this new world has its own, very real dangers, and Sam is soon caught up in deadly serious trouble.