Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science

Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science

Science reporter Erika Engelhaupt investigates the gross, strange, and morbid absurdities of our bodies and our universe. From the research biologist who stung himself with every conceivable insect to the world's most murderous mammals, this book explores oft-ignored but alluring facets of biology, anatomy, space exploration, nature, and more. Featuring interviews with leading researchers in the field and a large dose of wit, the author reveals the most intriguing real-world applications of science in all their glory.

Title:Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science
ISBN:9781426220975
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  • Rennie

    So funny and very engrossing. Love her message of being more comfortable talking about “gross” things because it’s better to appreciate how the world, and science, really works instead of preten...

  • Kelly

    I loved this collection of essays about the "gross" things in our world. From blood to skin mites, clowns to psychopathy, these short pieces work to engage the reader and elicit questions while provid...

  • Robin

    Even though not every topic covered by the author was gruesome, it was still a fascinating look at just about anything that can make us squeamish (except maybe the very detailed explanation of the cli...

  • Cate Triola

    Full review here.I love-love-loved this book, even though I had to skip some extra-gory bits. Each chapter has its own topic, so you can read them individually or all the way through. As someone who's...

  • Erikka

    I really enjoyed this. It reads very much like Mary Roach, which is a huge plus. I did have to skip the chapter on infestations of the human body because I just cannot even with that, but I'm sure it ...

  • Kam Yung Soh

    A fascinating book that covers exactly what its title says: the Gory Details about the natural world. From things that can gross out and disgust us, to taboos and how they can affect the way we treat ...

  • ginathebibliohoe

    What’s microscopic, has eight legs, and lives in your face? ⠀(find answer (& horrifying details) in book)⠀⠀Book review!⠀⠀GORY DETAILS ⠀adventures from the dark side of science ⠀by Erik...

  • Anna

    I think this is more along the lines of a 4.5 or so, but still pretty solid. One of my goals this year was to read a couple of non-fiction books and I thought this would be a fun one to start with. Fi...

  • Stephanie Arizpe Strobel

    ⚠️CW⚠️ for graphic, gross, morbid stuff (but also incredibly fascinating and amusing stuff)The author of this book, Erika Engelhaupt also runs the Gory Details blog through National Geographic...

  • Stephanie

    Have you ever wondered why an everyday sound drives some people crazy?  Or why we are both drawn to and repulsed by certain smells?  How about why we don't eat more bugs?  Or how many bugs are on y...