The Barmaid's Brain and Other Strange Tales From Science

The Barmaid's Brain and Other Strange Tales From Science

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of the author's essays explore bacteria-eating viruses, optical illusions, aqautic apes, the nature of laughter, and provides a possible scientific explanation for the behavior provoking the Salem witch trails.

McMillan Palgrave
Featuring twenty-one stories from the weird and wonderful world around us, The Barmaid’s Brain explores some of the little-known quirks of science, from why we laugh to why moths fly to the light, to how slinging drinks affects both memory and perception in a barmaid’s brain (for the better!).

Here are twenty-one unexpected and fascinating tales of science's stranger facts and episodes-from why we laugh, to why moths fly to the light, to how slinging drinks affects both memory and perception in a barmaid's brain (for the better!).

Best-selling author and media personality Jay Ingram offers investigations from the very edges of science that evoke the impressive breadth of the scientific mind and demonstrate how science works. Ingram explores how science adds to a re-examination of history with startling new theories about the Salem witches and a psychiatric profile of Joan of Arc. He describes remarkable battles-from the parasitic nastiness of cowbirds to the microscopic viciousness of bacteriophages. And he lets us in on some of the odder concerns of scientists: Will we be able to build a ladder attaching earth to an orbiting satellite? Is it possible that early humans spent their lives in water instead of on land?

Surprising, witty, and always edifying, The Barmaid's Brain serves up a splendid cocktail of fact, theory, and anecdote guaranteed to entertain and stimulate.

Book News
Popular science writer and broadcaster Ingram explores the edges of science. Psychological diagnosis, aquatic apes, Joan of Arc, bacteria- eating viruses, and ladders to space are among the 21 tales he tells. His style is witty, even irreverent, and he explains all the concepts and terms at a level comprehensible to junior high students. He does not provide an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, 2000, c1998
ISBN: 9780716741206
Characteristics: xi, 271 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Barmaid's brain


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