The Science of Monsters (Paperback)
The Origins of the Creatures We Love to Fear
Scribner, 9781451667998, 256pp.
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
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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. Matt Kaplan, a noted science journalist and monster-myth enthusiast, 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. The Science of Monsters tackles the enduring questions that arise on the frontier between fantasy and reality. Did dragons really exist? What inspired the creation of vampires and why are we so drawn to them? Are we close to making Jurassic Park a reality by replicating a dinosaur from fossilized DNA? Kaplan takes readers to the forefront of science, where our favorite figures of horror may find real-life validation.
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Praise For The Science of Monsters: The Origins of the Creatures We Love to Fear…
“Kaplan merges his incisive wit and clever pen into what can only be described as a delightfully seductive little monster.”—Eli Finkel, Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University
"A wonderful read for movie and history buffs that will leave you believing monsters are real!"—John Carls, Producer of Where the Wild Things Are
"Introduces many questions that readers will find valuable to the study of what people fear and why they fear it."
"In this insightful guide to mythic monsters, Matt Kaplan not only tracks the likely ancient origins of terrifying beasts but predicts how these nightmarish creatures are evolving today and might manifest themselves in our future."
— Adrienne Mayor, author of The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths and Myth in Greek and Roman Times
"Kaplan merges his incisive wit and clever pen into what can only be described as a delightfully seductive little monster."
— Eli J. Finkel, Ph.D., professor of social psychology, Northwestern University
"A wonderful read for movie and history buffs that will leave you believing monsters are real!"
— John Carls, producer of Where the Wild Things Are
"A fascinating read."
"Lively and compelling... such a guilty pleasure."
"An organizational marvel...exceedingly though-provoking."