Mary Roach, best-selling, award-winning, and delightfully witty science author will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging dialogue as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler series.
Since getting her start in 1986, Mary Roach has published eight books, including her latest Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. In Grunt, Roach explores questions most civilians never consider: Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Why is a zipper a problem for a sniper? How is diarrhea a threat to national security?
Roach’s work isn’t afraid to “go there” as she explores taboo and un-talked-about topics such as sex, the nitty gritty of life in space, dead bodies, and what happens to food after you eat it. Roach’s perspective frequently comes from a first-hand experience as she offers up herself – and sometimes her husband – to participate in unconventional science experiments, including agreeing to wear ultrasound equipment during coitus.
Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Packing For Mars is a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a One City, One Book selection for San Francisco. Stiff has been translated into 26 languages and Spook was a New York Times Notable Book. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, New Scientist, The New York Times Book Review, The Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Outside, among others.