The science of death

by Stephanie Chasteen on June 9, 2008

Another masterful post on Cocktail Party Physics on burial rites in olden times Paris and Rome. And it made me remember one of my favorite popular science books, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. This was an absolutely delightful book. Mary Roach definitely has a deadpan dark sense of humor, but it’s hard not to find humor in the absurdities she finds as she traces the path of what can happen to you after you die — from use in forensic studies, to testing car safety devices, to serving as a model for cosmetic surgery. She’s just come out with a new book — Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Sounds like a must-read to me!

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