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Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments (12 Edition)

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"Perfect summertime reading—preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts.” —Daily Mail (UK )

Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of the Enlightenment, and a founding father of the United States. But perhaps less well known is that he was also the first person to use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an electric-shock victim. Odder still, it was actually mouth-to-beak resuscitation on a hen that he himself had shocked.

Welcome to some of the weirdest and most wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Filled with stories of science gone strange, Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

Review:

"Boese follows Elephants on Acid with another foray into the annals of scientific experiments whose major contribution to society may well be their highly entertaining recounting. Many of the experiments, by a group he calls 'scientists gone wild,' revolve around animals, and readers sympathetic to PETA will be repulsed rather than amused. The 1903 execution by electrocution of Topsy, a rogue circus elephant, is funny, but blackly so. (Thomas Edison volunteered his electrification services.) There are chapters on experiments to test the effects of exposure to nuclear explosions, including a proposal to use an atom bomb to launch a space ship; on psychiatric experimenters, including two researchers who in 1938 sought to discover what Bryn Mawr co-eds talked about at night by hiding under their beds; and a chapter on the general lunacy of scientists who use themselves as guinea pigs, including a doctor who tried to remove his own appendix. While readers will often find Boese laugh out loud funny, they will also be left with a prickly feeling that all is not well on the frontiers, and certainly the fringes, of science. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The Pig Who Survived an Atomic Bomb

The Psychologist Who Hid Beneath Beds

The Founding Father Who Delivered Mouth-to-Mouth . . . to a Chicken

Welcome to some of the most weird and wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Alex Boese's Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

Synopsis:

"Perfect summertime reading—preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts.” —Daily Mail (UK )

Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of the Enlightenment, and a founding father of the United States. But perhaps less well known is that he was also the first person to use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an electric-shock victim. Odder still, it was actually mouth-to-beak resuscitation on a hen that he himself had shocked.

Welcome to some of the weirdest and most wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Filled with stories of science gone strange, Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

About the Author

Alex Boese holds an M.A. in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Elephants on Acid and Hippo Eats Dwarf and the creator of MuseumofHoaxes.com. He lives near San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. ELECTRIC BODIES

Electrifying Birds

The Man Who Married His Voltaic Pile

Electrocuting an Elephant

From Electro-Botany to Electric Schoolchildren

Lightning, Churches, and Electrified Sheep

 

2. NUCLEAR REACTIONS

Psychoneurotic Atomic Goats

How to Survive an Atomic Bomb

Nuke the Moon!

The Incredible Atomic Spaceship

 

3. DECEPTIVE WAYS

Men Fight for Science's Sake

The Psychologist Who Hid Beneath Beds

The Metallic Metals Act

A Roomful of Stooges

Thud!

The Seductive Dr Fox

 

4. MONKEYING ARROUND

The Man Who Talked to Monkeys

Chimpanzee Butlers and Monkey Maids

The Man Who Made Apes Fight

The Mystery of the Missing Monkey Orgasm

The Chimp Who Grew Up Human

 

5. DO-IT-YOURSELFERS

Hard to Swallow

This Will Be Extremely Painful

Adventures in Self-Surgery

Killing Yourself for Science

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250007537
Subtitle:
Glass-Eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments
Author:
Boese, Alex
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Experiments & Projects
Subject:
General
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Form - Essays
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130813
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Boese follows Elephants on Acid with another foray into the annals of scientific experiments whose major contribution to society may well be their highly entertaining recounting. Many of the experiments, by a group he calls 'scientists gone wild,' revolve around animals, and readers sympathetic to PETA will be repulsed rather than amused. The 1903 execution by electrocution of Topsy, a rogue circus elephant, is funny, but blackly so. (Thomas Edison volunteered his electrification services.) There are chapters on experiments to test the effects of exposure to nuclear explosions, including a proposal to use an atom bomb to launch a space ship; on psychiatric experimenters, including two researchers who in 1938 sought to discover what Bryn Mawr co-eds talked about at night by hiding under their beds; and a chapter on the general lunacy of scientists who use themselves as guinea pigs, including a doctor who tried to remove his own appendix. While readers will often find Boese laugh out loud funny, they will also be left with a prickly feeling that all is not well on the frontiers, and certainly the fringes, of science. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The Pig Who Survived an Atomic Bomb

The Psychologist Who Hid Beneath Beds

The Founding Father Who Delivered Mouth-to-Mouth . . . to a Chicken

Welcome to some of the most weird and wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Alex Boese's Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Perfect summertime reading—preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts.” —Daily Mail (UK )

Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of the Enlightenment, and a founding father of the United States. But perhaps less well known is that he was also the first person to use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an electric-shock victim. Odder still, it was actually mouth-to-beak resuscitation on a hen that he himself had shocked.

Welcome to some of the weirdest and most wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Filled with stories of science gone strange, Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

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