The birds,

the bees, and

the platypuses


Michael Gross:
The birds, the bees, and the platypuses
Crazy, sexy and cool stories from science.
Wiley-VCH May 2008 (EU);
J. Wiley & Sons July 2008 (US)
pp. 248 + xi, ISBN-13: 978-3527322879,
$37.50 , £ 18.99 , € 24.90

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Michael Gross has been writing about science full time for the last eight years and as a night time hobby for the previous seven. From his treasure troves, he now presents his favourite science stories from these 15 years. What are the attractions that make him revisit a topic or reread an article again and again? Often, it’s the sheer craziness of wildly unexpected findings or grotesquely oversized challenges. In other stories, there is a sexy element or a an unexpected insight into the human condition. And sometimes, when reporting new and future technologies, the author just can’t help thinking: “cooooooool!” So here are more than 60 crazy, sexy and cool science stories for you to enjoy.



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The German version is out now:

Der Kuss des Schnabeltiers
und 60 weitere irrwitzige Geschichten aus Natur und Wissenschaft.
Hardback: Wiley-VCH September 2009 (EU);
pp. 278 + xi, ISBN-13: 978-3527-32490-3,
€ 24.90
Paperback: Wiley-VCH Februar 2011 (EU);
pp. 278 + xi, ISBN-13: 978-3527327386 ,
€ 14.90

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The Arabic translation was released by the Hindawi Foundation, Cairo, on 26.07.2015.
It is available both as e-book and in a print edition.
ISBN: 978-977-768-209-1
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