Knowledge pages with the smell of science

in Project HOPE2 years ago


It may be a chimera to say that science or specifically knowledge has an odor, and indeed it is unlikely that science and knowledge as phenomena have any characteristic odor.

When I chose the title of this textualized publication "Pages of knowledge with the smell of science", I did it thinking of inviting my readers to consider the idea of whether science and knowledge have a distinctive smell, in order to give a preamble to a botanical and biochemical theme on the smell emitted by books.

Source / Author: Myriams-Fotos, 2017

Those who are in the habit of reading classic books of any area of knowledge, well know that books emit pleasant smells that connect our senses to the point of achieving wonderful inspiring and very pleasant sensations.

We all love the smells emitted by our mother nature through flowers, leaves, stems and fruits, mainly fruits of the citrus taxon. However, it should be noted that these smells that characterize these plant organs are complex biomolecules, in less technical words, they are chemical substances that make up the cellular structure of the tissues of flowers, leaves, stems and fruits.

Now, it is important to remember that the leaves of books are the product of vegetable compounds, which are obtained from plants, namely leaves, vegetable fibers such as lignin, among other structures, and are then subjected to special procedures for the manufacture of all types of paper.

Therefore, if the leaves of books originate from plant structures, it is intuitive that the odor emitted by books is nothing more than the characteristic odor of the complex biomolecules that constitute the plant structures used in the manufacture of paper.

Yesterday I read a great article by Llorente A, (2021) entitled; Why do books smell so good? Science has the answer, the manuscript in question outlines in more detail elements about the chemistry behind the smell of books, if you like you can access the article to expand more on this wonderful subject.


Llorente A Why do books smell so good? Science has the answer. Link


The cover image was designed by the author: @lupafilotaxia, incorporating the public domain image background: Source / Author: Congerdesign, 2016


After a good coffee or the aroma of a loved one, there is no more pleasant smell than that of a good friend book @lupafilotaxia, the digitization of written content has made us lose some of the most wonderful and magical elements of the reading experience , that sensory contact with the letters that transcends beyond sight, that sensation of being within the reality embodied in a writing.

I know you were referring to science, but the truth is that knowledge does have a very pleasant aroma, the aroma of truth!

Greetings my dear friend

Hi @karupanocitizen

Good point you mention, it is true that digital books have somehow separated us from physical books, I tell you that I have a library of books on botany, and I love to check my books and read topics at the time I think about writing an article on plant species.

Best regards, be well.

The smell of books invites us to begin a journey, and indeed, like all the actions we take in our daily lives, they are full of Science. A lovely post that made me feel the chemistry of reading.... Thank you, be well

Hi @lynnmargullys

I like your approach, you are right reading invites to embark on a wonderful journey, full of nature smells and knowledge everywhere.

Best regards, be well.

Greetings @lupafilotaxia, every day we are more surprised by the presence of science and now speaking contextually "its smell". I still do not understand why it is still so complicated for students to study it, but anyway look how we can relate the smell of the books that give us so much knowledge with the origin of their raw material. Excellent contribution

Hello @sidalim88

Certainly when teaching classes, this kind of examples, we can relate them and it is a good way for students to better grasp the examples and fix the knowledge.

Best regards, be well.

Hi @lupafilotaxia
I always enjoy the wonderful smell of books, there is nothing more pleasant than reading a good book and enjoying through its pages that magical moment of growing.
Excellent information that you share with us as always.
Best regards.

Hello dear teacher @janettyanez

I like the smell of old books, and more if at the time of reading I can accompany the reading with cookie and a good coffee without sugar, the smell of the pages, cookies and coffee become the perfect combination to read for several hours.

Best regards, be well.

I know what you are talking about, I saw a scientific article a long time ago that talks about smells, it says that smells that evoke pleasant memories in that way we relate them, that is, maybe for you the smell of books is a trigger. of memories. @lupafilotaxia

Hello @rubenp

Good point, I hadn't considered it but you are so right, probably that smell evokes memories that we have engraved and that give us satisfactions.

Best regards, be well.

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