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Science of the Magical

From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers

by Matt Kaplan Author · Eric Michael Summerer Narrator

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Can migrations of birds foretell our future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that cure the ill? What is the best way to brew a love potion? How do we create mutant humans who regenerate like Wolverine? In Science of the Magical, noted science journalist Matt Kaplan plumbs the rich, lively, and surprising history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth. Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a friendly armchair guide to the world of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead to the super soldiers in movies like Captain America, Kaplan ranges across cultures and time periods to point out that there is often much more to these enduring magical narratives than mere fantasy. Informative and entertaining, Science of the Magical explores our world through the compelling scope of natural and human history and cutting-edge science.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Imprint:
Tantor Audio
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2015

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 204.9 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 204.5 MB

Matt Kaplan (Author)

Matt Kaplan, the author of The Science of Monsters, is a science correspondent with the Economist. He has also contributed to National Geographic, New Scientist, Nature, and the New York Times. In 2014, Matt was awarded a Knight Science Journalism...

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