Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife

Paperback | September 26, 2006

byMary Roach

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"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that—the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die.

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"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that—the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contem...

Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.47 × 0.76 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393329127

ISBN - 13:9780393329124

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The general reader’s ideal emissary to the arcana of serious science. . . . Roach’s writing has what science has so far failed to find: a divine spark. — Malcolm Jones (Newsweek)Dependably witty, especially when it ventures far into the ether. . . . [Roach] makes a clever investigator and a thoroughly entertaining, if skeptical, tour guide. — Janet Maslin (New York Times)Investigative reporting has no lighter, more irreverent spirit than Mary Roach. . . . Spook is enormous fun. — David A Walton (Pittsburgh Union-Tribune)Surreal, fascinating, at times absurd and always hilarious, Mary Roach may not reveal the street address of our final destination, but in Spook she makes it sound less like a morgue and more like a comedy club. — Vince Darcangelo (Boulder Weekly)Reading Spook is like attending a lecture by a professor who is equal parts Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, both enlightening and entertaining. — Dorman T. Schindler (Sunday Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News)