Barmaids Brain And Other Strange Tales From Science

Kobo ebook | August 31, 1999

byJay Ingram

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In The Barmaid's Brain, Jay Ingram explores some of the little known quirks of human behaviour, including why we laugh and how we see mirages; he reports on science's various attempts to reexamine history, including startling theories about the Salem witches, a psychiatric profile of Joan of Arc and the raging debate about the first-ever map of the New World; he brings our attention to remarkable battles, from the parasitic nastiness of cowbirds, to the tiny but deadly guerrilla attacks of ant lions; and he introduces us to the sometimes odd concerns of the scientist, for instance whether it is possible that early humans spent their lives in water instead of on land, and just how does slinging drinks affect the memory and the perception of the barmaid's brain?

Weird, witty and always edifying, The Barmaid's Brain serves up a splendid cocktail of fact, theory and anecdote in twenty-one of Jay Ingram's favourite tales from the world of science.

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In The Barmaid's Brain, Jay Ingram explores some of the little known quirks of human behaviour, including why we laugh and how we see mirages; he reports on science's various attempts to reexamine history, including startling theories about the Salem witches, a psychiatric profile of Joan of Arc and the raging debate about the first-ev...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 31, 1999Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014318136X

ISBN - 13:9780143181361

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Science Isn't That Bad For a person who usually avoids "scientific literature", I am so glad I did not ignore Jay Ingram's book. Every chapter and every subject was a fascinating exploration of an unproven theory, a different perspective to a commonly-held idea, or simply an examination of a deceivingly normal occurence. Most intriguing to me were the chapters on Joan of Arc and the Salem witch trials. Even though I have a limited knowledge base on the two historical events, I still become bored with the same facts and theories that are generally published about them. But Ingram chose to present theories that are a little off the beaten path and succeeded in increasing the intrigue of those past events even more. I found myself underlining key words and making notes in the margins, trying to calculate the plausibility of any suggestion. After finishing the book I was struck with the impression that there is so much more to be observed, learned, and gained from our world. One such lesson for me was that science does not have to be complicated, unimaginative or esoteric. It can create mystery where there was none, and change a belief you've held all your life.
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