Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Author Boese (Hippo Eats Dwarf, The Museum of Elephants on Acid – Kindle edition by Alex Boese. Download it . Alex Boese’s collection of bizarre scientific anecdotes illuminates matter – by Boese’s own estimation, Elephants on Acid is a book you dip. Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Simon Ings samples science at its most surreal. This is absolutely crucial in some sections! I would however thoroughly recommend this book so that readers can learn how not to be amoral.

These scientists were only following natural human forces, from outside and within, boee curiosity and ambition, not unlike your own acidd found in each and ln one of us.

Sep 27, Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle rated it did not like it Shelves: Is it possible to restore life to the dead? But no, it’s all “sticking electrodes into gay people’s heads to zap them straight” and “making people decapitate live rats just to study their facial expressions as they do it” and the Stanford Prison Experiment.

You might try to cast them off as twisted when you learn of their strange experiments. It’s a light and entertaining read, with plenty of references to go deeper if you so choose. There’s a lot of material here for a psychology student such as me, but just as well for a person interested elephsnts the history of science and how the rebels helped it in being born!

You must realize that the vast majority of human beings are almost entirely similar to one another in fundamental respects, despite shallow appearances they are very much like anyone else. Refresh and try again. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase.


This book learned me that elehpants elephant memory’ really exists. Besides, I am so loving the cover and that odd title and thinks that it would look great in my living room library section.

This latest guide deftly compresses centuries of questionable research into a short, interesting read. Most are merely groaners, and though some draw a genuine chuckle they feel inappropriate aleex the serious or disturbing sections such as the infamous Milgram shock experiments.

Reading how many weird, silly or crazy experiments have been made in name of the science is very interesting, and provides an alternate point of view to the definition of science itself. Jan 07, Eve K rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 9 comments.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Like I said-it served its purpose.

Review: Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese

All in all, the book was amusing. These were aimed at reprogramming harmless and uninformed people who suffered from depression and other mental health problems. He wrote the book so that it would be easy to pick up and put down at any moment without investing large amounts of time, and it accomplishes this very well. Some times I cringed a little but what I thoroughly enjoyed was when some weird thing led to something else which led to something which is a recognisable benefit nowadays.

Read Elephants on Acid and find out! A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. Alex Boese’s collection of bizarre scientific anecdotes illuminates this connection, claims far too much for it, and loses the thread of it entirely.

Review: Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese – Telegraph

Want to Read saving…. To move from deliberate fakery to science gone awry, deliberately or not, is, Boese argues, but a small step. Perhaps it’s the lame attempt at humour from the author that grated, or the slightly laborious writing style.


It would have looked so much cleaner and more pleasing to the eye had the paper just been plain, tidy white rather than the annoyingly grey not quite white color that it was. Even if we can not easily see direct relation to important practical application, scientific knowledge is a complicated web where it is difficult to see the progressing path from past to future.

Xlex consists of brief write ups of bizarre experiments conducted in 10 different categories. Readers who decide to find out more about any particular topic or experiment can make use of the caid cited following each experiment. This leads directly to the other problem Boese presents a catalogue of truely bizarre experiments, giving a short essay on each and collecting them into themed chapters.

The only downside to this book is that the author is a much better historian than he is a writer. Preview — Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese.

Boese’s off-the-cuff observation that the Cold War had its surgical and psychological aspects is not staggeringly original but it does mollify our easy outrage at such past ‘mistakes’. As a fan of outdated medical procedures -in the reading sense, not the supportive kind- who finds tales of the old practices hilarious in how goese human stupidity was back then, I found this book to delive Best read in pieces and with a mind that either likes horror, grotesque things, or just detached entirely.