Proof: The Science of Booze

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 27, 2014 - Cooking - 256 pages
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Named a Best Science Book of 2014 by Amazon, Wired, the Guardian, and NBC
Winner of the 2014 Gourmand Award for Best Spirits Book in the United States
Finalist for the 2015 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
“Lively . . . [Rogers’s] descriptions of the science behind familiar drinks exert a seductive pull.” — New York Times

Humans have been perfecting alcohol production for ten thousand years, but scientists are just starting to distill the chemical reactions behind the perfect buzz. In a spirited tour across continents and cultures, Adam Rogers takes us from bourbon country to the world’s top gene-sequencing labs, introducing us to the bars, barflies, and evolving science at the heart of boozy technology. He chases the physics, biology, chemistry, and metallurgy that produce alcohol, and the psychology and neurobiology that make us want it. If you’ve ever wondered how your drink arrived in your glass, or what it will do to you, Proof makes an unparalleled drinking companion.
“Rogers’s book has much the same effect as a good drink. You get a warm sensation, you want to engage with the wider world, and you feel smarter than you probably are. Above all, it makes you understand how deeply human it is to take a drink.” — Wall Street Journal


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A tour through various issues surrounding yeast evolution, fermentation, the effects of alcohol (generally increases propensity for violence, but highly culturally mediated/affected by expectations as ... Read full review

Proof: The Science of Booze

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Rogers (articles editor, Wired) contends that the perfect alcoholic beverage represents a pinnacle in human achievement, as it encapsulates millennia of experimentation in chemistry, engineering ... Read full review


1 Yeast
2 Sugar
3 Fermentation
4 Distillation
5 Aging
6 Smell and Taste
7 Body and Brain
8 Hangover
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ADAM ROGERS is articles editor at Wired, where his feature story “The Angels’ Share” won the 2011 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. Before coming to Wired, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and a writer covering science and technology for Newsweek.

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