by Matt Kaplan
From a noted science journalist, 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.
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?
Matt Kaplan plumbs the rich, lively, and surprising history of the magical objects, places, and rituals that infuse ancient and contemporary myth. Ranging across cultures and time periods, Kaplan points 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.