Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite The Science of Monsters

ISBN-10: 1451667981

ISBN-13: 9781451667981

Edition: 2012

Authors: Matt Kaplan

List price: $26.00
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This eye-opening tour through history’s legendary monsters and the science and culture that spawned them, provides new insight into the creatures that have terrified us for centuries.We all know “there’s no such thing as monsters,” but our imaginations may hold a different opinion. Matt Kaplan, a noted science journalist and enthusiast of both the hard facts of science and the fantastic fictions of myth, employs an entertaining mix of cutting-edge research and a love of lore to explain why monsters have held us in such thrall for millennia.     Ranging across history,Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bitetackles the questions that arise on the frontier between reality and fantasy. What caused ancient Minoans to create the tale of the Minotaur that was imprisoned in a subterranean maze? Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and werewolves, and why have they endured as figures of horror? Kaplan also brings readers to the forefront of scientific discoveries that potentially verify some of the monsters we have always taken for granted. Does the legendary Kraken, a squid of epic proportions, really roam the deep? Are we close to actually replicating a dinosaur from DNA taken from fossilized amber asJurassic Parkpostulates? As society’s fears have changed, monsters have evolved, and the author charts the rise of a new beast, humans.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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.

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
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