Science Goes Viral
Captivating Accounts of Science in Everyday Life
by Dr. Joe Schwarcz
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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 03 Aug 2021
Science has gone viral! In more ways than one.
Bestselling popular science author Dr. Joe Schwarcz breaks down the science of essential oils, placenta creams, intermittent fasting, and of course the spread of COVID-19 misinformation in this new collection from the master of demarcating non-science from science.
Since we first heard rumblings about a novel type of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, terms like pandemic, spike protein, viral particles, variants, mRNA vaccines, antibodies, hydroxychloroquine, social distancing, immune response, convalescent plasma, aerosol transmission, and of course, face coverings, have entered our everyday vocabulary. The scientific literature has exploded with studies exploring every facet of COVID-19, but unfortunately the “viral” spread of misinformation about the pandemic has also reached epic proportions.
Science Goes Viral provides a framework for coming to grips with the onslaught of COVID-19 information and misinformation in this ever-changing pandemic. Here, you’ll learn about the first antibodies ever identified, the connection between tonic water and coronavirus, and whether we can zap COVID with copper. And although our thoughts and daily activities have been hijacked by the pandemic, life does go on, as does the pursuit of science. Dr. Joe features his usual array of diverse topics, including biblical dyes, essential oils, Jean Harlow’s hair, Lincoln’s magician, and bioplastics along with assorted examples of quackery.
Delving into the many fascinating facets of science can serve as a welcome distraction from the COVID curse. In fact, enchantment with science can also be contagious. Will you be infected?
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Average rating from 2 members
I found this book to be both interesting and informative. The author spend a bit of time on COVID, which surprised me, because I didn't expect something that happened so recently to turn up here; however, the added information, beyond what I already knew, was welcome.
The entries ranged from small and interesting tidbits, to some that were longer and more detailed. There were also a number of surprises and even funny pieces. The author, Joe Schwarcz, has a natural ability to make facts interesting, instead of dry and scholarly which made the book enjoyable to read.
I would recommend this to others.