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"Lively...[Rogers'] descriptions of the science behind familiar drinks exert a seductive pull." —New York Times
“One of the best science writers around.” —National Geographic
"Rogers's book has much the same effect as a good drink. You get a warm sensation, you want to engage with the wider world, and you feel smarter than you probably are. Above all, it makes you understand how deeply human it is to take a drink." —Wall Street Journal
“A great read for barflies and know-it-alls—or the grad student who is likely both.” —New York Times’ T Magazine
"In this brisk dive into the history and geekery of our favorite social lubricant, Wired editor Adam Rogers gets under the cap and between the molecules to show what makes our favorite firewaters so irresistible and hard to replicate—and how a good stiff drink often doubles as a miracle of human ingenuity." —Mother Jones
"A comprehensive, funny look at booze...Like the best of its subject matter Proof’s blend of disparate ingredients goes down smooth, and makes you feel like an expert on the topic." —Discover
"A romp through the world of alcohol." —New York Post
"This science-steeped tale of humanity’s 10,000-year love affair with alcohol is an engaging trawl through fermentation, distillation, perception of taste and smell, and the biological responses of humans to booze...Proof is an entertaining, well researched piece of popular-science writing." —Nature
"A whiskey nerd's delight...Full of tasty asides and surprising science, this is entertaining even if you're the type who always drinks what the other guy is having." —Chicago Tribune
“Written in the same approachable yet science-savvy tone of other geeky tomes (think Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist and Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos), Rogers’ book sheds light on everything from barrels to bacteria strains.” —Imbibe Magazine"This paean to booze is a thought-provoking scientific accompaniment to your next cup of good cheer."—The Scientist
"A page-turner for science-thirsty geeks and drink connoisseurs alike, Proof is overflowing with fun facts and quirky details. I'm drunk—on knowledge!" —Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks"Adam Rogers writes masterfully and gracefully about all the sciences that swirl around spirits, from the biology of a hangover to the paleontology of microbes that transform plant juices into alcohol. A book to be savored and revisited." —Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex and A Planet of Viruses "Reading Proof feels just like you're having a drink with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic friend. Rogers' deep affinity for getting to the bottom of his subject shines through on every page." —Adam Savage, TV host and producer of MythBusters "As a distiller I find most books on booze to be diluted. The science and history here are sure to satisfy the geekiest of drinkers. While the chapters, carried by stories, told through the lens of a rocks glass do not lose the casual. To get this kind of in depth overview of how spirits are produced, consumed and studied you'd have to read 20 books." —Vince Oleson, Head Distiller/Barrel Thief, Widow Jane Distillery
ADAM ROGERS is articles editor at Wired, where his feature story “The Angels’ Share” won the 2011 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. Before coming to Wired, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and a writer covering science and technology for Newsweek.
Both scientific and entertaining this is a great book for those interested in booze.
Although Roagers has won prizes for his journalism, this is his first full-length book, and he hasn't quite made a successful transition to the longer format.
Well the good news is that this is an entertaining book that is easy to recommend to anyone with even a passing interest in wine, beer, or spirits.
I picked up this book to learn more about the science behind alcohol. I expected a dry and difficult textbook that I would have to slog through. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rachel
Very engaging review of the biochemical basis and cultural context for alcohol production and consumption.Published 6 days ago by Rick Cote
Just finished reading Proof: The Science of Booze, in which I learned among other things that Alexandria was the first city planned on a grid system and that rye is a New World... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Maethelwine
Perfect for the nerd in all of us. Very in depth look at what goes into making spirits and the commonality of them all. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Joseph
Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers
"Proof: The Science of Booze" is an entertaining look at the quest to find out what is behind the processes behind booze and... Read more
This was a gift to one of my daughters, so I didn't read it. But she said that she enjoyed it.Published 25 days ago by Ann L. Fiske
If you like to enjoy a glass of any type of "ethanol enhanced" beverage you'll find this book both fascinating and entertaining.Published 1 month ago by David Eugene Jensen
A mildly interesting book. Not rigorous enough to really be a science book. Not quite entertaining enough to not be one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Wolfe