Science of monsters (Kaplan, Matt)(2012, paperback)

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From Medusa and her stony stare, to giants and sea serpents, what inspired these fearsome spectres of our imagination, and how can science explain them? In The Science of Monsters Matt Kaplan uses scientific principles, current research, and his thorough knowledge of the natural world to explain why specific monsters came to be and what it was about them that was so utterly terrifying to the people who brought them to life.