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The Science of Monsters: The Origins of the Creatures We Love to Fear

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Featured on NPR's andlt;Iandgt;Science Fridayandlt;/Iandgt;, an "ingenious" (andlt;Iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/Iandgt;) and insightful guide to history's legendary and frightening monsters and the science and culture that created them.andlt;pandgt;We all know "there's no such thing as monsters," but our imaginations tell us otherwise. From the mythical beasts of ancient Greece to the hormonal vampires of the Twilight saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. With the eye of a journalist and the voice of a storyteller, Matt Kaplan employs an entertaining mix of cutting-edge research and a love of lore to explore the history behind these fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with things that go bump in the night. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ranging across history, Kaplan tackles the enduring questions that arise on the frontier between fantasy and reality. What caused ancient Minoans to create the tale of the Minotaur and its subterranean maze? Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and werewolves, and why are we so drawn to them? Does the legendary Kraken, a squid of epic proportions, really roam the deep? Are we close to making andlt;Iandgt;Jurassic Park andlt;/Iandgt;a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? As our fears evolve, so do our monsters, and andlt;Iandgt;The Science of Monsters andlt;/Iandgt;charts the rise of the ultimate beasts, humans themselves.andlt;B andgt; andlt;/Bandgt;

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We all know and#8220;thereand#8217;s no such thing as monsters,and#8221; but our imaginations tell us otherwise. From the mythical beasts of ancient Greece to the hormonal vampires of the andlt;I andgt;Twilightandlt;/Iandgt; saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a noted science journalist and monster-myth enthusiast, employs an entertaining mix of cutting-edge research and a love of lore to explore the history behind these fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with things that go bump in the night. andlt;I andgt;The Science of Monstersandlt;/Iandgt; tackles the enduring questions that arise on the frontier between fantasy and reality. Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and why are we so drawn to them? Are we close to making andlt;I andgt;Jurassic Parkandlt;/Iandgt; a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? Kaplan takes readers to the forefront of science, where our favorite figures of horror may find real-life validation.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Matt Kaplanandlt;/bandgt; is a science journalist, regularly contributing to andlt;iandgt;National Geographicandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Newandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Scientistandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Natureandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The Economistandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp;His writing has also appeared in andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;. When not chained to a desk, Kaplan travels the wilds of the world as part of a London expedition team. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451667998
Author:
Kaplan, Matt
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos throughout
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
212.725 x 139.7 mm

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"Synopsis" by , We all know and#8220;thereand#8217;s no such thing as monsters,and#8221; but our imaginations tell us otherwise. From the mythical beasts of ancient Greece to the hormonal vampires of the andlt;I andgt;Twilightandlt;/Iandgt; saga, monsters have captivated us for millennia. Matt Kaplan, a noted science journalist and monster-myth enthusiast, employs an entertaining mix of cutting-edge research and a love of lore to explore the history behind these fantastical fictions and our hardwired obsession with things that go bump in the night. andlt;I andgt;The Science of Monstersandlt;/Iandgt; tackles the enduring questions that arise on the frontier between fantasy and reality. Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and why are we so drawn to them? Are we close to making andlt;I andgt;Jurassic Parkandlt;/Iandgt; a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? Kaplan takes readers to the forefront of science, where our favorite figures of horror may find real-life validation.
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