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TitleBuzz
AuthorStephen Braun
ISBN0140268456
ImprintStephen Braun Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages224

Description

Alcohol and caffeine are by far the most widely consumed mind altering drugs in the world today So shouldn t we know a little about the substances which give us that much needed shot in the arm, or that take the edge off a rough day In this endlessly entertaining and informative collection of coffee and booze trivia, history and anecdotes, award winning scientist Stephen Braun explores such topics as the causes and cures of hangovers, the role of caffeine in creativity, how these substances find their way into our bloodstream, heart, and brain and why so many people can t get through the day without one or both.Splashes of cultural lore and surprising facts did you know that Bach composed a coffee cantata as well as quips from well known people and their little known addictions David Letterman said, If it weren t for the coffee, I d have no identifiable personality whatsoever top off this colorful compendium Whether you take it black, neat, with a twist or a splash of milk, you ll enjoy the buzz you ll get from this eye opening, amusing look at two substances that are immediately familiar, virtually irresistible, and deeply mysterious.

Reviews

DJ

Buzz By Stephen Braun

Clearly Braun is not familiar with the recipe for modern pop science texts Where are the extrapolations from statistically insignificant correlations to bold sermons launching the next consumer craze Why have they been replaced with tempered, conservative statements accurately reflecting the uncerta... (Sign in to see more)


Jeff

Buzz By Stephen Braun

For a book about liquids, rather dry.


Lauren

Buzz By Stephen Braun

Well, I definitely had dust off my sixth grade science knowledge for this Luckily, Dr Braun is good at making things accessible for non science types Even better, he has the rare ability to give just the right amount of information and no something many lawyers would do well to learn Interspersed i... (Sign in to see more)


Lisa

Buzz By Stephen Braun

Notes from Starbucked Tea must be universally renounced I myself must be weaned, and the sooner the better John Adams in a letter to Abigail Adams, future president and revolutionary I asked Schultz if he agreed with those including his former right and left hand men, Behar and Orin Smith who have c... (Sign in to see more)


Christine Kenney

Buzz By Stephen Braun

Learned a good deal about brain chemistry and the subject matter is anything but dry Expected of a fusion of the two topics throughout the book with the exception of the final chapter, this book could be published as two separate books on their respective substance The lore was a bit light when wei... (Sign in to see more)


Don Cram

Buzz By Stephen Braun

I realize a non fiction book discussing the scientific research on the effects of alcohol and caffeine is not the usual fare for fiction readers and writers However, many of us who write include both substances in our daily routines This book tells the story of alcohol and caffeine, what research ha... (Sign in to see more)


Tracey

Buzz By Stephen Braun

I checked this out from the library on a recommendation from bwanderson Braun discusses the physiological and psychological effects of perhaps the two most common mind altering substances in a clear, detailed and occasionally humourous manner Alcohol is his first target, and after a brief history le... (Sign in to see more)


Victoria Haf

Buzz By Stephen Braun

como tema se me hace muy interesante pero no me encant porque se basa demasiado en qu mica y biolog a, no s si es mucho pedir, pero me hubiera gustado que abarcara un poco m s, sobre todo la parte social, porque, por ejemplo, habla de adicci n pero solo a nivel biol gico gen tico, sin incluir varian... (Sign in to see more)


Melissa

Buzz By Stephen Braun

Author made chemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience accessible and entertaining I learned a lot from this book Like why alcohol is both a stimulant and a depressant, how the body processes both alcohol and caffeine, and the little we do actually know about how they affect the brain Especially ... (Sign in to see more)


Olivia

Buzz By Stephen Braun

I like coffee I like non fiction I thought I would love this book and I just didn t The chapters each open interestingly enough with a quote and an anecdote but then they drag on forever with a description of chemical and biological studies I do not like chemistry nor do I like biology and unfortuna... (Sign in to see more)


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