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Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments Hardcover – June 5, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1250007537 ISBN-10: 9781250007537 Edition: 0th
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A strangely compelling look at some of the bizarre, outlandish and peculiar experiments that have been attempted in the name of science. (Penny Le Couteur, coauthor of Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History)

Electrified Sheep quite brilliantly explains some of the more bizarre experiments performed in the name of scientific discovery with lashings of intellectual humour and a surprising amount of quality storytelling. (Chemistry World (UK))

Perfect summertime reading--preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts. (The Daily Mail (UK))

Laugh out loud funny. (Publishers Weekly)

Boese's fascination with obscure details makes the book frightfully interesting. It's packed with enough material to challenge any would-be science-fiction writer, and proves truth in a lab coat is stranger than fiction. (The Saturday Evening Post)

Boese, a historian of science, once again takes readers on a romp through some of the weirder detours on the road to scientific progress. Here, short, lively sections follow groups of mad scientists in a range of fields, from nuclear physics to developmental psychology. (Boston Globe)

Delves into the extremes some will reach for the sake of science…. Mr. Boese reveals just how far some will go to appease their empirical curiosities. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The short, witty, ceaselessly amusing entries should delight anyone with a healthy sense of morbid curiousity. (Publishers Weekly on Elephants on Acid)

Very well researched and delivered in an engaging, breezy, wink-wink tone similar to that of Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg's Why Do Men Have Nipples?...One of the finest science/history bathroom books of all time. (Kirkus Reviews on Elephants on Acid)

About the Author

ALEX BOESE holds an M.A. in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. Boese is the author of Elephants on Acid and Hippo Eats Dwarf and the creator of museumofhoaxes.com. He lives near San Diego, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250007537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007537
  • ASIN: 1250007534
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Grew up in London and Washington DC. Graduated from Amherst College, and gained a Master's Degree in the History of Science from the University of California, San Diego.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Newspeak on May 13, 2013
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This book. Oh, this book. This book is a roller-coaster ride of unique and true science experiments. There are parts that made me laugh out loud (as a quiet introvert, that is really saying something). There are parts that made me turn white and almost puke. Some parts are painful to read. Others are absolutely fascinating. I couldn't put it down when I checked it out from the library, and now I bought it to read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Demidenko on May 28, 2013
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I was in Powell's Technical Books store when I was presented with a dilemma: I could elect to read a book about Neural Circuity by an author who wasn't found on any review site - only on select journal articles - or I could opt out for the Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese, who had a successful book already with a "weird title"...

Well, obviously from this review you can rightfully assume that I picked the latter. Boy was I happy with my choice! This book was funny, interesting and extremely bizarre with some of its examples. I'm someone who can read extremely dry scientific articles/books on stem cells, the genome, neural genesis and other - what some will call - "boring dry topics." This book I can say with a LOUD EXCLAMATION, it is not boring! You'll enjoy it from start-to-finish. You'll even come away with a few funny stories/facts to tell your friends. I went ahead and looked up a handful of the stories from the book, most I found solid sources to back them up, others were a bit of a challenge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Aman on December 27, 2014
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I think this author is under the assumption that drawn out stories make for good tales.
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