Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

Book - 2015 | First Da Capo Press edition.
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What led scientists to have acrobats copulate inside an MRI machine? Why do wordless patterns of sound send shivers down our spines and tickle ancient parts of our brains? How did a chemist's quest to create a drug to ease the pain of childbirth result in the creation of LSD? And did it change our understanding of the brain forever?

From tortoiseshell condoms to superstar athletes on hallucinogens, science writer Zoe Cormier dissects these and other burning questions, amplifying them with insights from some of the world's bravest, cleverest, and downright weirdest scientists.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll explores science at the edge, where scientists ask big, strange questions--and sometimes experiment on themselves to find answers. It shines a light into the lesser-known corners of scientific research to gain insight into the nature of consciousness, happiness, and humanity. Not to mention our parties.

Here are stories of unconventional scientists, innovative inquiries, hedonistic impulses--and how the renegades of science have illuminated the secrets of our baser impulses.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780306823930
Branch Call Number: 171.4 CORMIER
Characteristics: xix, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 06, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. A fun and informative read.

Aug 26, 2015

Some interesting facts presented at the popular science level, but written in what has become that irritating style of aside jokes and bad puns found in similar pop science books (e.g. books by Mary Roach). You can skim read it in about 2 hours as about half of the sentences have no information in them.

Apr 19, 2015

Science Rock Superstar: Zoe Cormier! A 20 starred book! What an outstanding book. This lady author knows how to make science both highly and easily readable and yes . . . Steven Pinker [of whom I am a fan] does get his comeuppance! A colossal read for science seekers.


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