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Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments (Paperback)

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Electrified Sheep is proof that science can be stranger than fiction. Alex Boese's hilarious book is history of bizarre experiments in a wide range of fields, from physics and biology to psychology. Learn all about the American scientists who seriously considered nuking the moon, or the psychologist who hid beneath beds in a women's dormitory to eavesdrop on unsuspecting students. Some people will do anything for their hypothesis, and Alex Boese's got the full scoop on them.

— Kat


The Pig Who Survived an Atomic Bomb

The Psychologist Who Hid Beneath Beds

The Founding Father Who Delivered Mouth-to-Mouth . . . to a Chicken

Welcome to some of the most weird and wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Alex Boese's Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

About the Author

ALEX BOESE holds a master’s degree in the history of science from UC San Diego. He is the author of Elephants on Acid and Hippo Eats Dwarf and the creator of He lives near San Diego.

Praise For…

“Packed with enough material to challenge any would-be science-fiction writer, and proves truth in a lab coat is stranger than fiction.” —The Saturday Evening Post

“Boese, a historian of science, once again takes readers on a romp through some of the weirder detours on the road to scientific progress.” —The Boston Globe

“Delves into the extremes some will reach for the sake of science. . . . Boese reveals just how far some will go to appease their empirical curiosities.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Electrified Sheep quite brilliantly explains some of the more bizarre experiments performed in the name of scientific discovery with lashings of intellectual humour and a surprising amount of quality storytelling.” —Chemistry World (UK)

“A strangely compelling look at some of the bizarre, outlandish and peculiar experiments that have been attempted in the name of science.” —Penny Le Couteur, coauthor of Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History

“Perfect summertime reading--preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts.” —The Daily Mail (UK )

“Laugh-out-loud funny.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250031709
ISBN-10: 1250031702
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 13th, 2013
Pages: 352
Language: English
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