Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers

Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers

“Filled with cool cocktail-party tidbits, Matt Kaplan considers how issues that have been as soon as the stuff of legends may at some point develop into truth” (The Atlantic) during this enjoyable medical inquiry into the magical locations and magical gadgets of old and modern lore—from the fountain of teenage, to like potions, to great Mario’s mushrooms.

Can migrations of birds foretell our destiny? Do levels of the moon carry sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that therapy the sick? what's the most sensible strategy to brew a love potion? How will we create mutant people who regenerate like Wolverine?

“In technology of the Magical, Matt Kaplan takes us on a trip spiced with the wonders of delusion, heritage and paintings, leavened with impeccable study, perpetually interesting. And the result's either a compelling learn and a deeply considerate exploration of the realm round us and the methods we search to appreciate it” (Deborah Blum, writer of The Poisoner’s Handbook). Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a pleasant armchair consultant to the area of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead to the large infantrymen in videos equivalent to Captain America, Kaplan explores cultures and time classes to show that there's frequently even more to those enduring magical narratives than mere myth. Informative and interesting, Science of the Magical is “a sprightly survey” (The Wall highway Journal) and “a pleasure to read…highly urged” (Library Journal, starred review).

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