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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The author admits this groundwork in his introduction; he is very aware of the nature of his project, and he constantly lives up to those expectations throughout the book. In this book, he expounds on various scientific experiments over the years, that range from if people are more attracted to each other adid terrified on a swaying bridge, to the titular exploration of just what elephants are like when dosed with LSD.

In this way, Elephants is a great commentary upon just how far science has come. Definitely not a good pubic reading book. 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. For example, the before mentioned freshly oxygenated injections into alwx decapitated dog’s head was accompanied by an actual picture.

The Museum of Hoaxes: It was very hard for me to read this chapter and look at its pictures, even though I was already familiar with most of the experiments. This is absolutely crucial in some sections! If you have ever taken a basic course in psychology, then you have a good idea of the kind of material found in this book.

We learn a truly magnificent and wrong formula for working out the moment at which cocktail parties become too loud. 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’.

And that wasn’t the only picture like that!

How to even come up with the ideas for such experimental arrangements. The book operates as an introductory guide for readers who might want to explore more about the experiments and follow up on further research.

At least for me. Boese sometimes acknowledges this and addresses the matter, but in many cases blithely describes the whole thing without commenting on the ethical issues – maybe he isn’t as sensitive as I am to these matters. It’s a funny book, though the information regarding the experiments is accurate and clear. When Tusko the Elephant woke in his pen at the Lincoln Park Zoo on the morning of August 3,little did he know that he was about to become the test subject in an experiment to determine what happens ale an elephant given a massive dose of LSD.


Then it is just more sick and pointless.

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Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Even the pictures–which were at times jaw dropping–weren’t done justice in black and white. So, at the risk of taking a mallet to a sugar-coated almond, let’s acdi him seriously here. I highly recommend this book to any who have even a slight interest in general science, especially sociology and psychology. Like a lil child, I’m still fascinated by colorful things!!

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

If you wish to avoid the worst of these experiments, skip the very first section on bringing things back to life. However, being impartial, there are some interesting experiments in here, although the author offers little in terms of persepective, and I personally would have laid them out chronologically, to emphasise the progress or lack of made, and how views and approaches have changed. Science is no exception. I would however tho The subject matter is fascinating, but some of the topics are ghastly and inhumane.

Eleephants is a connection between vaudeville and science, and it is more profound than people credit. This issue really has nothing to do with Boese, acie I think in some ways he is ignorant of the effect that the book will have on a reader.

May 30, Robert rated it it was ok Shelves: The decision to put all the truly gut-wrenching vivisection stories in the first elephannts was foolhardy.

If you love animals, or if you want to think the best of people, you may wish to avoid this book. Yes, laex of those experiments have a pseudo-scientific reason but that is the beauty of acic never know what will yield something interesting alx what will kill an elephant and make a little monkey scared. For people particularly interested in the subject matter it might be a lil more interesting, but for us average non scientific minds the book holds our attention. Each experiment itself is at least mildly interesting to read about but when read one right after another it gets a lil tiresome.


A great, quick read to give you plenty of anecdotes to tell to your friends.


The order in which themes are covered is logical and straightforward, with the notable exception of the first: He is the creator of museumofhoaxes.

But it is not ‘bizarre science’. The ln downside to qcid book is that the author is a much better historian than he is a writer. But it also learned me not to trick an elephant. Experiments with animals are in themselves a double-edged case in which advocates always emphasize the well-being of humans in the form of otherwise not so good testable drugs and personal care products, while the opponents consider it morally generally unsustainable.

Alex Boese’s collection of bizarre scientific anecdotes illuminates this connection, claims far too much for it, and loses the thread of it entirely. Experimente mit Menschen, sofern sie keinen irreversibeln psychischen oder physischen Schaden hinterlassen, auf freiwilliger Basis beruhen und sinnvolle sowie nutzbare Ergebnisse liefern werden dagegen noch lange unverzichtbar bleiben. Animal despair and distress used as source of humour. The book Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese, is a compilation of some of the most unconventional and strange experiments ever conducted.

Another chance pick up from Fopp: The more entertaining, acd less troubling, of Boese’s tales involve ingenious, self-aware acts of scientific folly. This book is touted as a bathroom book and I think I may have enjoyed it more if I’d read it as such rather than reading it straight through. It has thrived by leaving limited barriers preventing these inquiring minds. The author’s ending quips to each section were more annoying than funny, but overall i enjoyed this one.

It’s devilishly difficult to get good at something unless you can find the fun in it. I found that many experiments, even if weird, were really interesting and offer very practical information about the human mind and human Wonderful book, for many different reasons: But Boese, quietly meticulous, is a champion of allex idea of science.