Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
Seven-time New York Times bestselling author and popular science expert Mary Roach invites audiences into the hilarious anecdotes, mind-blowing facts, and unknown realities of the relationship between humans and the natural world around us in this fascinating talk based on her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law.
Getting Curious about STEM
Seven-time New York Times bestselling author and popular science expert Mary Roach didn’t set out to be an award-winning science journalist, but she is now an expert on cultivating a risk-taking mindset, following your instincts, and transforming the way we think about the world around us. Roach offers fascinating (and hilarious) keynotes and conversations that engage audiences of all kinds.
Packing For Mars
Space is the most hostile environment there is, which is perhaps why we are so fascinated with it. Why would anyone aspire to be an astronaut? How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Or smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovered, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth. With her trademark witty candor, Roach says that she set out to humanize aeronautics, a topic that tends to maintain a sense of steely nobility. She tells us the things you won’t hear from NASA…from liquor cabinets in space to zero gravity bathroom procedures. A conversation with Mary Roach is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Mary Roach is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and her new book FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law. Mary's books have been published in 21 languages, and her second book, SPOOK, was a New York Times Notable Book. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, among others. She was a guest editor of the Best American Science and Nature Writing series and an Osher Fellow with the San Francisco Exploratorium and serves as an advisor for Orion and Undark magazines. She has been a finalist for the Royal Society's Winton Prize and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant. More at www.maryroach.net