Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
The best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and infectious wit on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. The study of sexual physiology—what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better—has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as... show more
The best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and infectious wit on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex.
The study of sexual physiology—what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better—has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey’s attic. Mary Roach, “the funniest science writer in the country” (Burkhard Bilger of The New Yorker), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn’t Viagra help women—or, for that matter, pandas? In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm, two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth, can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.
Publish date: 2008-03-17
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 319
Edition language: English
I don't read a whole lot of non-fiction. What little I do read is usually in the celebrity biography genre. But for my Eclectic Reader Challenge, I needed to read something qualifying as Micro history. I didn't even know what that was, but the internet was very helpful in clearing up my confusion. G...
Well... this the first time I've read anything like this, and I must say, it fascinated me. I always thought I should have been a scientist... although I don't know if I would have been able to bring myself to finger a monkey for science!
Disclaimer: This review is highly male oriented this book has everything sex in every form... every cringe worthy, OMG, terrified, and enlightening aspect of such a wonderful experience (uuuuu....sually....) (fertility statue) from what makes people tick sexually (hormones, position...
Good humored overview of the science of sex.
I enjoyed this book well enough and Mary Roach has a great sense of humor; some of her dry observations had me in stitches and fits of laugher. However, some of her ethics (asking to grope a man's genitals while he is drugged up from surgery and doesn't speak English (she asked his doctor and said t...