Lust and Love
Is it more than chemistry?
Gabriele Frob÷se (Author), Rolf Frob÷se (Author)
Philosophers have mused over them, poets have written about them and musicians have sung about them. Love, desire and passion will at some point touch everyone's life - yet they are little understood and some of the oldest mysteries of mankind. Why do people fall in love and what is love anyway? What makes people attractive? How do these emotions tie in with our physiology and how we have evolved? Lust and Love: Is it more than Chemistry? provides answers to some of these questions through the eyes of science. It takes a light hearted and entertaining approach in explaining the current scientific knowledge of why people are attracted to each other, from the first moments of meeting to how emotions change in a long lasting partnership. The book covers research from the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, physics and medicine while using the love story of a fictional couple to take the reader on a journey explaining the science. Additional topics on the 'tools of attraction', including the history of the lipstick, and the development of perfumes and aphrodisiacs, provide an absorbing insight into the subject. Medical treatments and conditions including contraception, erectile dysfunction and the climacteric phenomenon are also discussed. This engaging and unusual book is ideal for anyone interested in the science behind love, desire and passion.
Its strength is in the way it brings together an eclectic mix of material in a concise, coherent manner.The content is so absorbing......few conceptual challenges that a good A-level student could not handle.
Source : Education in Chemistry, 2007 (Mike Shipton)
Engaging and unusual book
Source : The Telegraph, 20th November 2006
I found much in the book to interest me, particularly the section on the hormones oxytocin and dopamine.Useful as a source of chemical anecdotes on the theme of love and human sex.
Source : Chemistry World, May 2007 (Tristram Wyatt)