Monday, July 15, 2013

Down the Hatch - the witty and weird aspects of science

Who knew that science could be funny?  Science writer Mary Roach has made a career of writing well-researched and witty books that explore the most surprising, humorous and sometimes weird aspects of science. Her newest book is Gulp:  Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, an uproarious trip to both ends of the digestive tract.  Here, for instance, is what she says about digestion: “The human digestive track is like the Amtrak line from Seattle to Los Angeles; transit time is about thirty hours, and the scenery on the last leg is pretty monotonous".  Fabulously reviewed everywhere, Gulp will give you food for thought, so to speak, and tickle your funny bone.

If you like to read a book that does two things: makes you think and makes you look up from the pages and say “I didn’t know that,” then writer Mary Roach is for you.  The Monrovia Public Library also owns Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife; Bonk: The Curious Science of Coupling of Science and Sex and Packing for Mars: The Curious Life of Science in the Void.

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