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From the author of The Science of Monsters, this engaging scientific inquiry provides a definitive look into the elements of mystical places and magical objects—from the philosopher's stone to love potions to the oracles—from ancient history, mythology, and contemporary culture.

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Can migrations of birds foretell our future? Do phases of the moon hold sway over our lives? Are there sacred springs that cure the ill? What is the best way to brew a love potion? How do we create mutant humans who regenerate like Wolverine?

In Science of the Magical, noted science journalist Matt Kaplan plumbs the rich, lively, and surprising history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth. Like Ken Jennings and Mary Roach, Kaplan serves as a friendly armchair guide to the world of the supernatural. From the strengthening powers of Viking mead to the super soldiers in movies like Captain America, Kaplan ranges across cultures and time periods to point out that there is often much more to these enduring magical narratives than mere fantasy. Informative and entertaining, Science of the Magical explores our world through the compelling scope of natural and human history and cutting-edge science.

"Absorbing and intellectually stimulating…" ---Library Journal Starred Review

"Steeped in contemporary science fiction and fantasy, Kaplan's blend of modern and ancient myths reveal an ever-present human concern with control over life, death, and the elements." ---Publishers Weekly

"A charming romp through the history of science." ---Kirkus

"Reader Michael Summers does an excellent job presenting the story." ---Library Journal Audio Review
Library Journal Review

Science of the Magical

From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers

Author Matt Kaplan

Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer

Publication date Nov 10, 2015

Running time 7 hrs 27 min

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