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A natural history of the senses

Author: Diane Ackerman
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Ackerman weaves together scientific fact with lore, history, and description to celebrate our ability to smell, taste, hear, touch, and see.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ackerman, Diane, 1948-
Natural history of the senses.
New York : Random House, ©1990
(OCoLC)643728268
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Ackerman
ISBN: 0394573358 9780394573359
OCLC Number: 20799461
Description: xix, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Smell. The mute sense --
A map of smell --
Of violets and neurons --
The shape of smell --
Buckets of light --
The winter palace of monarchs --
The oceans inside us --
Notions and nations of sweat --
The personality of smell --
Pheromones --
Noses --
Sneezing --
Smell as camouflage --
Roses --
The fallen angel --
Ansomia --
Prodigies of smell --
A famous nose --
An offering to the gods --
Cleopatra's heirs --
Touch. The feeling bubble --
Speaking of touch --
First touches --
What is a touch? --
The code senders --
Hair --
The inner climate --
The skin has eyes --
Adventures in the touch dome --
Animals --
Tattoos --
Pain --
Easing pain --
The point of pain --
Kissing --
The hand --
Professional touchers --
Taboos --
Subliminal touch --
Taste. The social sense --
Food and sex --
The omnivore's picnic --
Of cannibalism and sacred cows --
The bloom of a taste bud --
The ultimate dinner party --
Macabre meals --
The heart of craving. The psychopharmacology of chocolate --
In praise of vanilla --
The truth about truffles --
Ginger and other medicines --
How to make moose soup in a hole in the ground, or dine in space --
Et fugu, Brute? : Food as thrill-seeking --
Beauty and the beasts --
Hearing. The hearing heart --
Phantoms and drapes --
Jaguar of sweet laughter --
Loud noises --
The limits of hearing, the power of sound --
Deafness --
Animals --
Quicksand and whale songs --
The violin remembers --
Music and emotion --
Is music a language? --
Measure for measure --
Cathedrals in sound --
Earth calling --
Vision. The beholder's eye --
How to watch the sky --
Light --
Color --
Why leaves turn color in the fall --
Animals --
The painter's eye --
The face of beauty --
Watching a night launch of the space shuttle --
The force of an image : ring cycle --
The round walls of home --
Synesthesia. Fantasia --
Courting the muse --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Diane Ackerman.
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Ackerman weaves together scientific fact with lore, history, and description to celebrate our ability to smell, taste, hear, touch, and see.

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