Anyone who loves literature is familiar with the "old-book smell." No, we don't mean the moldy kind of old-book smell. Then, you are obviously just smelling mold. Instead, we are talking about the dusty aroma of a well-loved book. The pages, the glue, the soft edges from the gentle turns of hundreds of different hands. What exactly is it that creates this smell?

One chemistry teacher (Andy Brunning) recently looked at the elements in order to answer this question, and as it turns out, it's not nostalgia you're smelling...

Image Credit: Andy Brunning/Compound Interest

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