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Roach, Mary

Overview
Works: 49 works in 263 publications in 12 languages and 20,296 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Creative nonfiction  History  Humor  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: R853.H8, 611
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Most widely held works about Mary Roach
 
Most widely held works by Mary Roach
Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach( Book )

44 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in 11 languages and held by 3,899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility
Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void by Mary Roach( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Roach explores the strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of bizarre space simulations. As the author discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), she takes us on a surreally trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth
Bonk : the curious coupling of science and sex by Mary Roach( Book )

37 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. The author 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 this book she shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place
Spook : science tackles the afterlife by Mary Roach( Book )

24 editions published between 1901 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that, the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, the author brings her curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge University archive
Packing for Mars the curious science of life in the void by Mary Roach( Recording )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule, (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth
Grunt : the curious science of humans at war by Mary Roach( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Grunt' tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries -- panic, exhaustion, heat, noise -- and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again
Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach( Recording )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem
Gulp adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach( Recording )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of; or has the courage to ask
Bonk the curious coupling of science and sex by Mary Roach( Recording )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roach explores how and why sexual arousal and orgasm is difficult, and presents what scientific efforts are being made to make the bedroom experience more satisfying
Spook [science tackles the afterlife] by Mary Roach( Recording )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that-- the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my laptop?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge University archive"--Publisher's web site
The best American science and nature writing 2010( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of the year's best essays written by American authors that discuss topics in science and nature
My planet : finding humor int the oddest places by Mary Roach( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roach takes a magnifying glass to everyday life, exposing moments of hilarity in the mundane and revealing amusing musings about marriage, automated customer service, and mazelike bargain stories
Grunt : the curious science of humans at war by Mary Roach( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war
My planet finding humor in the oddest places by Mary Roach( Recording )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roach takes a magnifying glass to everyday life, exposing moments of hilarity in the mundane and revealing amusing musings about marriage, automated customer service, and mazelike bargain stores
Six feet over : adventures in the afterlife by Mary Roach( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eating is the most pleasurable, gross and necessary process we humans undertake. Yet few of us realise what strange miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, competitive hot dog eaters and stomach slugs, as she investigates the beginning and end of our food
Rigor mortis : over de lotgevallen van de doden by Mary Roach( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Dutch and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschouwingen over medische en culturele aspecten van de dood, lijkverzorging, soms bizarre medische en technische experimenten met stoffelijke resten en het gebruik van organen van doden ten behoeve van levenden
Was macht der Astronaut, wenn er mal muss? : Eine etwas andere Geschichte der Raumfahrt by Mary Roach( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wenn es beim äMüssenä mal daneben geht, 14 Tage bei minimaler Hygiene im Raumanzug, seltsam anmutende Stresstests wie das Falten von Kranichen, Flüge im äKotzbomberä, Belastungstests an lebenden und toten Objekten u.a.: salopper und oft ironischer Blick hinter die Kulissen der Hochglanzraumfahrt
Inside animal minds the new science of animal intelligence by Mary Roach( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Animal Intelligence Bundle: "Minds of Their Own" by Virginia Morell (March 2008) "Almost Human" by Mary Roach (April 2008) "The Genius of Swarms" by Peter Miller (July 2007) In "Minds of Their Own," Virginia Morell provides an overview of the science of animal intelligence. She introduces you to an African gray parrot named Alex, a bonobo named Kanzi, and a border collie named Betsy. Each of these animals tells us something interesting about the way they perceive and manipulate their world. The article also looks at what scientists are learning about the intelligence of dolphins and crows, beyond mere communication. In "Almost Human," Mary Roach takes us to the savannahs of Senegal to meet a group of 34 chimpanzees, whose behavior and social structures have given scientists some important clues about the nature of their communication and intelligence. In "The Genius of Swarms," Peter Miller looks at the collective behavior of ants, bees, and other insects for what they can tell us about social organization and how sometimes intelligence lies outside of the individual brain. This article served as the basis for his book, The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done
 
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Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers
Alternative Names
Mary Roach Amerikaans medisch schrijfster

Mary Roach dziennikarka amerykańska

Mary Roach scrittrice e divulgatrice scientifica statunitense

Mary Roach US-amerikanische Kolumnistin und Autorin

Mary Roachová

Мэри Роуч

ماری روچ

로취, 메리

로치, 메리

매리 로치

메리 로치

メアリー・ローチ

ローチ, メアリー

Languages
English (158)

Chinese (15)

Polish (10)

German (8)

Italian (8)

Spanish (6)

Japanese (5)

Dutch (4)

Russian (3)

French (2)

Korean (2)

Czech (1)

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Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the voidBonk : the curious coupling of science and sexSpook : science tackles the afterlifePacking for Mars the curious science of life in the voidStiff : the curious lives of human cadaversBonk the curious coupling of science and sexSpook [science tackles the afterlife]The best American science and nature writing 2010Six feet over : adventures in the afterlife