The Science of Monsters
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?
Ã¢ÂÂIn Science of the Magical, Matt Kaplan takes us on a journey spiced with the wonders of myth, history and art, leavened with impeccable research, endlessly fascinating. And the result is both a compelling read and a deeply thoughtful exploration of the world around us and the ways we seek to understand itÃ¢ÂÂ (Deborah Blum, author of The PoisonerÃ¢ÂÂs Handbook). 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 such as Captain America, Kaplan explores 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 is Ã¢ÂÂa sprightly surveyÃ¢ÂÂ (The Wall Street Journal) and Ã¢ÂÂa joy to readÃ¢ÂÂ¦highly recommendedÃ¢ÂÂ (Library Journal, starred review).
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.
About: âFilled with cool cocktail-party tidbits, Matt Kaplan considers how things that were once the stuff of legends could one day become realityâ (The Atlantic) in this fun scientific inquiry into the mystical places and magical objects of ancient and contemporary loreâfrom the fountain of youth, to love potions, to Super Marioâs mushrooms.
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