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The man with no endorphins and other reflections on science.

by James Gorman

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The Man with No Endorphins and Other Reflections on Science   (2011-03-12)

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Review of "The Man with No Endorphins and Other Reflections on Science"

Author: James Gorman

Publisher: Heinemann, UK, 1989

Reviewed by W. P. Palmer

"James Gorman is a science writer with the soul of a stand-up comic"

`Beware reading this volume in public: there are at least 1.7 uncontrollable guffaws per essay"

The reader will find the comments above written on the book's cover! Does the book live up to these expectations? For this reviewer the answer is a "No!", though the essays are generally entertaining and well-written. The book is a collection of twenty-eight short essays about matters on the "whimsical fringes" of science and technology. The essays are written somewhat colloquially and were originally part of a regular feature in "Discover" magazine. Out of their context of the USA of the mid-eighties, there are quite a number of persons and events which do not make the average Australian feel at home. On the other hand there is an idiosyncratic warmth about Gorman's writing that make the essays taken as a whole a worthwhile read. Also there are some sections that are really very funny and some where the incisive knife of humour gives real food for thought.
(Originally reviewed in The Journal of the Science Teacher Association of the Northern Territory, Volume 13, p. 107, 1994.)

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