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Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science by Zoe Cormier
  

Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

The Real World   Popular Science   

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Exuberantly curious and shamelessly exuberant, Guerilla Science's Zoe Cormier reinvents popular science for a new generation by breaking all the rules. Let's rock.

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Synopsis

Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science by Zoe Cormier

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.

Reviews

'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

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Zoe Cormier

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Paperback

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science


ISBN

9781781252703

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