I found myself having to adapt to her style of writing when it comes to a scientific topic because of my background in research, but I really liked it after I let myself enjoy it for what it is. It reads much like a collection of news articles, highlighting the most interesting results while glossing over the details and methods of the research study. This is where I struggled most, since the researcher in me wanted to know about the control groups used and the statistical methods applied to the study, but I realize this text is not the place for those discussions.
Here are some fun facts from this book:
- The bacteria in your mouth easily outnumber the world's population
- Trace amounts of skatole, the substance that gives feces its foul odor, are used in vanilla flavoring
- 17 hours of sleep deprivation makes you perform as if you had a .05% Blood Alcohol Content
- You put as much as 128 pounds of pressure on your teeth when you chew
Overall, this book is engaging and is something that any one with a high school knowledge of biology can enjoy. If you are more scientifically inclined, know not to expect much scientific detail -just sit back and relax.
Love and (a book) light,