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

ISBN-10: 145166799X
ISBN-13: 9781451667998
Edition: 2012
Authors: Matt Kaplan
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/8/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Featured on NPR's Science Friday , an ingenious ( The Wall Street Journal ) and insightful guide to history's legendary and frightening monsters and the science and culture that created them-from a noted science journalist. 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. 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 Jurassic Park a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? As our fears evolve, so do our monsters, and The Science of Monsters charts the rise of the ultimate beasts, humans themselves.

Matt Kaplan is a science journalist, regularly contributing to National Geographic, New Scientist, Nature, and The Economist.nbsp;His writing has also appeared in The New York Times. When not chained to a desk, Kaplan travels the wilds of the world as part of a London expedition team. He lives in London.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Giant Animals-Nemean Lion, Calydonian Boar, Rukh, King Kong
Beastly Blends-Chimera, Griffon, Cockatrice, Sphinx
It Came from the Earth-Minotaur, Medusa
The Mysterious Fathoms-Charybdis, Leviathan, Giant Squid, Jaws
Of Flame and Claw-Dragons
Hauntings-Demons, Ghosts, Spirits
Cursed by a Bite-Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves
The Created-The Golem, Frankenstein, HAL 9000, Terminator
Terror Resurrected-Dinosaurs
Extraterrestrial Threat-Aliens
Conclusion
Afterword
Sources
Index

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