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The Science of KissingFrom a noted science journalist comes a wonderfully witty and fascinating exploration of how and why we kiss. When did humans begin to kiss? Why is kissing integral to some cultures and alien to others? Do good kissers make the best lovers? And is that expensive lip-plumping gloss worth it? Sheril Kirshenbaum, a biologist and science journalist, tackles these questions and more in THE SCIENCE OF KISSING... more
Unscientific AmericaIn his famous 1959 Rede lecture at Cambridge University, the scientifically-trained novelist C.P. Snow described science and the humanities as "two cultures," separated by a "gulf of mutual incomprehension." And the humanists had all the cultural power—the low prestige of science, Snow argued, left Western leaders too little educated in scientific subjects that were increasingly central... more
In the vein of Stephen Pinker’s The Language Instinct, scientist Kirshenbaum examines one of humanity’s fondest pastimes [writing] just as gracefully about prostitutes in pop culture as she does the myriad of complicated biological and chemical processes that science uses to explain osculation.
The Science of Kissing is a wonderful idea for a book that is wonderfully embodied.
Kirshenbaum draws on psychology, biology, history, and other disciplines in this highly engaging, highly informative book.
If it were up to me, this book would be required reading...Only when we begin training scientists to understand the relationship between science and society, and their crucial role in that relationship, will be begin to solve the dilemma so eloquently described in Unscientific America.
Kirshenbaum’s honesty, wit, and creativity make this book a journey to treasure.
A wake up call to Americans, and a catalyst to politicians, before it's too late.
The best science book I've read in a long time, offering a new level of understanding to an innate part of ourselves, and making it seem even more enchanting. This is a must-read for everyone, and I can't wait to see what Kirshenbaum comes out with next.
One of my favourite science books of the last year..a whirlwind tour through an instantly relatable topic, told with warmth, pace, and a perfect balance of accuracy and accessibility.
Sheril Kirshenbaum makes reading about this strange and fascinating practice almost as much fun as doing it.
A unique book full of delightful adianoeta and all manner of insight into human physiology and culture..what an exceptionally thoughtful, cool gift this would make for Valentine's Day.