The Barmaid's Brain: And Other Strange Tales from Science

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Henry Holt and Company, Nov 6, 2001 - Science - 271 pages
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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.

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Entertaining essays on how scientists approach a score of familiar but peculiar phenomena.The title chapter explores a peculiar mystery of the human brain. The average person can remember seven ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Jay Ingram is the author of the best-selling books The Science of Everyday Life, Talk, Talk, Talk and The Burning House, which won the 1995 Canadian Science Writers Book Award. He hosts his own weekly prime time show called "Discovery Connection" which now airs in the U.S., and is co-host and producer of Discovery Channel's award winning "" television's first and only daily science and nature news magazine. He has received two ACTRA Awards including one for Best Host: the Sandford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for his work popularizing science; and the Royal Science of Canada McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science. He also contributes a weekly science column to the Toronto Star.

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