We have all heard of the men in white coats who come and take us away – but what happens when they themselves, the scientists, seem to be losing the plot?
The book talked about here, is, ELECTRIFIED SHEEP BY ALEX BOESE
Take the example of Dr John Paul Stapp, a U.S. Airforce flight surgeon, who volunteered in 1946 to fly at 46,000ft to see if deadly gas bubbles would form in his blood.
He survived that, and then decided to find out how rapidly a human being could decelerate.
To do this, he built a rocket-powered sled that could reach speeds of 750mph. On one occasion, a collision with a chimpanzee turned the primate into meat jelly splattered across the desert.
But Stapp persevered, reaching speeds faster than a bullet and suffering concussions, black-outs, cracked ribs and splitting headaches.
His chief worry was that his eyes would pop out – and once they almost did, rendering him blind for several days. But he survived, and lived to be 89.
As Alex Boese illustrates in these incredible-but-true stories, science can be a dangerous profession – what with toxic chemicals, lethal bacteria, poisonous insects and dangerous radiation.
Deadly: Why would someone deliberately allow themselves to be bitten by one?
He begins with experiments in electricity, back in the 18th century, when the race was on to see who could deliver the biggest electric shock.
Birds got frizzled first, using something called a Leyden jar. In 1750, when the future Founding Father of the U.S Benjamin Franklin, during a bibulous party, accidentally touched the top of a fully-charged Leyden jar, the shock almost killed him.
By the 1800s, a German physicist called Wilhelm Ritter was systematically electrocuting every part of his body to test the strengths of currents.
More of the book review can be read here… Don’t try this at home: The eye-popping tales of the mad scientists who nearly died in their quest for knowledge: ELECTRIFIED SHEEP BY ALEX BOESE | Mail Online.