The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug

How much do we really know about our number one drug of choice This book, the first natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favourite mood enhancer tells us , by looking at how caffeine was discovered, its early uses, and the unexpected parts it has played in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning and love The World of Caffeine is a tale of art and socHow much do we really know about our number one drug of choice This book, the first natural, cultural, and artistic history of our favourite mood enhancer tells us , by looking at how caffeine was discovered, its early uses, and the unexpected parts it has played in medicine, religion, painting, poetry, learning and love The World of Caffeine is a tale of art and society containing many fascinating stories including how Balzac s addiction to caffeine drove him to eat coffee and may have killed him how a mini Ice Age may have helped bring coffee, tea and chocolate to popularity in Europe and how caffeine, in its various forms, was used as cash in China, Africa, Central America and Egypt.
The World of Caffeine The Science and Culture of the World s Most Popular Drug How much do we really know about our number one drug of choice This book the first natural cultural and artistic history of our favourite mood enhancer tells us by looking at how caffeine was dis

  • Title: The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug
  • Author: Bennett Alan Weinberg Bonnie K. Bealer
  • ISBN: 9780415927239
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug”

    1. I really enjoyed this book, though it had far more history than science. They write well about the rise of the three great caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, and chocolate) and their similar trajectories from secret beverage of religious men to the guilty pleasures they are now. She connects the popularity of the beverages to important social movements. I found it amusing that the arguments about coffee and tea that we have currently date back hundreds of years.I thought it dragged a bit in the [...]

    2. The book was a good book that had a lot of good facts and was very informing. The World of Caffeine has a lot of subsections from the history of caffeine to all current uses. This book talks about the drug use and other ways people have used it. This book was really effective and I used it on a few reports I had to write throughout the term. This book also made me wonder about the safety and use of caffeine everyday. I began to wonder why people use it so much even though there are innumerable c [...]

    3. I'm far from a connoisseur of coffee or tea, but I do drink a fair amount and thought it would be best to learn a little something about it. I've been skipping around sections of this book for the past month or so. It covers a variety of topics relating to caffeine and caffeine vehicles, primarily focusing on coffee, tea, and chocolate.Although the history of how these caffeine-imbued botanicals traveled from Arabia, Asia, and the Americas to Europe and the history of how they were popularized i [...]

    4. More than you want to know, but central mysteries remain: theuniversality of it (97 percent of us are addicts), the fact that it is a drug with dependency problems, the culturaltiming, the undecided balance between benefits and harm.

    5. This book is a wonderful social history of all things caffeinated--including (of course) coffee and chocolate. Very informative and highly interesting reading.

    6. Enjoy reading this book with a cup of coffee :)This book will make you surprised how much history and culture is there around caffeine containing beverages. Very enriching book indeed.

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