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The Curious Science of Humans at War

Monday, June 13, 2016
7:30 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater

This event appeared in the series
Conversations on Science

How do we keep human beings intact, awake, sane, and healthy in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war? In her forthcoming book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, best-selling author Mary Roach tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise— andintroduces readers to the scientists and experts who seek to conquer them. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. She samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. Mary Roach’s past books include Packing for Mars; Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and most recently Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. She will be in conversation with Adam Savage, industrial special effects designer and co-host of The Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.