How can wordless collections of sounds send shivers down our spines and tickle ancient parts of our brains we share with reptiles? How did a chemist's quest to create a drug to ease the pain of childbirth result in the creation of LSD? Why do goats partake in oral sex, and how can a horse (or even a table) make us weak in the knees? And how on earth could the revered 'father of anatomy' not know where the clitoris was?
From tortoiseshell condoms to superstar athletes on hallucinogens, these burning questions are explored and dissected, mixed with insights from some of the world's bravest, cleverest and downright weirdest scientist experimenting on the edge - and themselves. It's a sharp shocker, an eye opener, asking the big questions about what it means to be human, about consciousness and happiness. It'll pull you in and gross out.
|Publication date:||6th August 2015|
|Publisher:||Profile Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Non-Fiction Books of the Month|
'Not your average science book ... The book buzzes with facts, like bees dizzy from caffeinated pollen. It is a cornucopia of the strange and fascinating.' -- Max Wallis Independent
'In three discrete sections, [Cormier] examines sex, narcotics and music from a scientist's perspective, with surprising rigour and a keen eye for the odd fact ... in the end, Cormier brings all her strands together with some skill and an almost childlike sense of wonder. Ian Dury was right. Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll is very good indeed.' Daily Mail
Zoe Cormier is a freelance journalist, science writer and photographer with a background in biology. Zoe is also a founder of communications for UK science outreach organisation Guerilla Science and lives in London.More About Zoe Cormier