SCIENCE OF THE MAGICAL: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions

SCIENCE OF THE MAGICAL: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions

MATT KAPLAN    Book Number: 85044    Product format: Hardback

Matt Kaplan, science journalist for the Economist and contributer to National Geographic, New Scientist, Nature, and New York Times, presents a friendly, armchair guide to the magical world beyond the known. From understanding how the Red Sea really did part, to the history behind 'children of the atom', also known as the X-Men mutants who were made so popular in comic book history, Kaplan makes the extraordinary accessible. Understand the real oracle of Delphi and how the widely accurate priestess was part of a temple that ran its intelligence as a well oiled machine, rather than a woman touched by the Gods, or look beyond the horror of waking at 4am to discover the stunning nature of Stonehenge at dawn (even during a thunder storm). Kaplan explains the power of love potions and unpicks the moment of enamorada from 'Tristan and Isolde' and William Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' where there is a the need for a potion itself, comparing the 'potions' with aphrodisiacs including oysters and fish. During this voyage across centuries and continents, the magical mysteries of humanity and the planet we live on are uncovered, whether that is Superhumans in the form of savants, Buddhist monks and stage magicians, or our Supernatural Skies with Sunstones, Plagues and Summoning of Storms. Readers will discover the secrets of immortality bound up in nature itself with turtles living twice the lifetime of a human during the 16th century, and scientists altering the lifestyles of mice to extend their age by 50%, the Methuselah mouse exceeding this and living to 1,825 days. This is a joyous discovery of magic in the most normal parts of our world and each chapter will leave you spellbound. 15.8 x 23.6 cm, 248pp.
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ISBN 9781476777108
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