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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science

Mary Roach

The acclaimed author of Spook turns her outrageous curiosity and infectious wit on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex.

People have been studying sex for almost as long as people have been having it. It has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. Not surprisingly, the research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centres, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey’s attic.

Mary Roach, ‘the funniest science writer in the country’ (New Yorker), devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, she 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 make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

Bonk will answer these questions and many more:

If you can transplant a face, then why not a penis?
Why doesn’t Viagra help women or, for that matter, pandas?
Does orgasm boost fertility? Cure hiccups?
Do the earlobes swell during sex?
Can a person think herself to orgasm?
Can a dead man get an erection?
Can Kegeling cure erectile dysfunction?
Can Broadway musicals cause it?

Mary Roach
About the Author

Mary Roach is a journalist who has contributed to GQ, Vogue and New York Times Magazine and is contributing editor for the science magazine Discover. All of her books have been huge bestsellers in America. She lives in San Francisco.

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2 June 2008
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Praise for Mary Roach

‘Roach…is relentlessly witty and an intelligent interpreter. An acute observer, she’s at her best in the present…this is a highly enjoyable ghost train through the scientific funfair.’

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