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Bonk The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Author:Mary Roach 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 ... more »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.
Author Mary Roach devoted 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. 16 illustrations.« less
I found this book to be quite entertaining and educational. However, as a male reader there was quite a bit of information that just made me squirm! This included the chapters on penile implants and the information about what Dr. Kinsey inserted into his penis. Roach's subtle humor added along the way was quite entertaining (especially the footnotes) but by the end of the book, I think I had maybe learned more than I wanted about sex research. If you are interested in more about Dr. Kinsey, I would recommend T.C. Boyle's "The Inner Circle," a fictionalized account of the famous Doctor and his research.
Laugh out loud funny, informative and clinically sexy. What a hoot. Never disrespectful of the subject or the many characters protrayed in its pages. Science writing without self-importance. How refreshing!
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Mary Roach has a talent for taking mundane scientific information and presenting it in a way that is not only informative, but entertaining. In this book, she explores several sexual topics, including impotence, orgasm (both female and male), the history of the science of female sexuality, and sexual stimulants. Quick, interesting read!
Science. ***. The author's personal account into the historical research dedicated to sex and the sexes. Includes professional interviews she conducted (some successful, some denied) with said researchers, as well as an experiment or two she engaged in, in the name of science.
Given the author's style of bringing humor and laymen terms to broad subjects, and with such an opportune topic, the book surprisingly is not as funny as I had hoped. I recommend her more recent books: 'Packing for Mars' or 'Stiff'.
I got this as a bookray from bookcrossing and have since sent it on to the next person, but I may very well purchase a copy of my own. This is my kind of non-fiction. Never boring, filled with fascinating stories and research, and funny. More than you ever wanted to know about the science of sex...er, I mean sexual intercourse.