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Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date October 27, 2015
Pages 246
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781476777108
ISBN-10 1476777101
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $26.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the author of The Science of Monsters, this engaging scientific inquiry provides a definitive look into the elements of mystical places and magical objects—from the philosopher’s stone, to love potions to the oracles—from ancient history, mythology, and contemporary culture.

Can migrations of birds foretell our future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that cure the ill? What is the best way to brew a love potion? How do we create mutant humans who regenerate like Wolverine?

In Science of the Magical, noted science journalist Matt Kaplan plumbs the rich, lively, and surprising history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth. Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a friendly armchair guide to the world of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead, to the super soldiers in movies like Captain America, Kaplan ranges across cultures and time periods to point out that there is often much more to these enduring magical narratives than mere fantasy. Informative and entertaining, Science of the Magical explores our world through the compelling scope of natural and human history and cutting-edge science.

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from Scribner (October 27, 2015)
9781476777108 | details & prices | 246 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $26.00
About: From the author of The Science of Monsters, this engaging scientific inquiry provides a definitive look into the elements of mystical places and magical objects—from the philosopher’s stone, to love potions to the oracles—from ancient history, mythology, and contemporary culture.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Scribner (October 25, 2016)
9781476777115 | details & prices | 256 pages | List price $16.00
About: “Filled with cool cocktail-party tidbits, Matt Kaplan considers how things that were once the stuff of legends could one day become reality” (The Atlantic) in this fun scientific inquiry into the mystical places and magical objects of ancient and contemporary lore—from the fountain of youth, to love potions, to Super Mario’s mushrooms.

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