Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science by Zoe CormierSex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science by Zoe Cormier

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science

byZoe Cormier

Hardcover | November 15, 2017

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What led scientists to have acrobats copulate inside an MRI machine? Why do wordless patterns of sound send shivers down our spines and tickle ancient parts of our brains? How did a chemist's quest to create a drug to ease the pain of childbirth result in the creation of LSD? And did it change our understanding of the brain forever?

From tortoiseshell condoms to superstar athletes on hallucinogens, science writer Zoe Cormier dissects these and other burning questions, amplifying them with insights from some of the world's bravest, cleverest, and downright weirdest scientists.

Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Rollexplores science at the edge, where scientists ask big, strange questions—and sometimes experiment on themselves to find answers. It shines a light into the lesser-known corners of scientific research to gain insight into the nature of consciousness, happiness, and humanity. Not to mention our parties.

Here are stories of unconventional scientists, innovative inquiries, hedonistic impulses—and how the renegades of science have illuminated the secrets of our baser impulses.
Zoe Cormieris a freelance journalist, author, and public speaker with a background in zoology. Spawned by the music industry, she rebelled by studying science. Originally from Toronto, she now lives in London.
Title:Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of ScienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.3 × 6.25 × 1.25 inPublished:November 15, 2017Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306823934

ISBN - 13:9780306823930

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal, 3/4/15“Your baser instincts are not so base after all[That] is the pleasure-loving message of this compendium of research nuggets about that decadent trio of pastimes: sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.”National Post (Canada), 3/28/15“A surefire winner in terms of subject: the lure of the illicit hangs over her entire book, with its sense, from the title on down, that the text will delve into the kind of naughtiness that should offer, at the very least, titillation.”Winnipeg Free Press, 4/4/14“Cormier is especially good with metaphors. She uses them to draw parallels between technical concepts and more commonplace things in order to make the science easier to graspShe has a gift for summarizing research in a way that piques, then satisfies, your interest—even if you don't know a lick of science."Seattle Times, 4/19/15“If you want to be the hit of any cocktail party, don't miss Zoe Cormier's new book Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll. One thing you won't regret is the pleasure of reading this fun and fascinating book.”