The Science of Kissing COVER!

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | April 6, 2010 8:41 am


So what do you think?!

The Science of Kissing will be out next January and is already available for pre-order on Amazon. Here’s the description:

From a noted science journalist comes a wonderfully witty and fascinating exploration of how and why we kiss.

When did humans begin to kiss? Why is kissing integral to some cultures and alien to others? Do good kissers make the best lovers? And is that expensive lip-plumping gloss worth it? Sheril Kirshenbaum, a biologist and science journalist, tackles these questions and more in THE SCIENCE OF KISSING. It’s everything you always wanted to know about kissing but either haven’t asked, couldn’t find out, or didn’t realize you should understand. The book is informed by the latest studies and theories, but Kirshenbaum’s engaging voice gives the information a light touch. Topics range from the kind of kissing men like to do (as distinct from women) to what animals can teach us about the kiss to whether or not the true art of kissing was lost sometime in the Dark Ages. Drawing upon classical history, evolutionary biology, psychology, popular culture, and more, Kirshenbaum’s winning book will appeal to romantics and armchair scientists alike.


Comments (20)

  1. you are AWESOME!!!!!

  2. Gorgeous cover and I smell a best-seller. Congratulations, Sheril!

  3. It’s wonderful and I love it!!!

  4. Lovely. Classy and striking.

  5. Linda

    I can’t wait to read it!
    You must be so excited and proud.

  6. don lateiner

    Sheril “Radio Jock”:

    This cover is a good choice (although there are many excellent possibilities and the Judas Kiss would probably be the wrong one.
    I’ve recently come across a title with thumbs and weeping in it (by another science journalist) which has a chapter on Kissing–the last one and I have not yet read it.
    Congratulations and I look forward to seeing your book and even you–someday.


  7. I love it. Classy, indeed.

  8. Wow. Looks great. Sounds awesome. If you need any early readers, let me know!

  9. I like it! I have to admit that, for years now, I’ve wondered just where the kiss came from, in evolutionary terms. Sounds like I’ll soon be able to read all about it! Best of luck with the book, Sheril. I just self-published a book aimed at helping parents help their kids with Math, so I’m well familiar with that wonderful buzz leading up to the launch of a book. It’s always a fun time!

  10. Thumb’s-up! Guaranteed best-seller (hope it has a blurb from Mary Roach on the back too!)… you gonna be one bizzzzy woman come Jan.

  11. Guy

    That is a nice cover. I bet this would make an excellent gift.

  12. Lenore Sauberman

    FANTASTIC!!I’m so proud of you I could just kiss you.

  13. Susan

    Congrats! Just in time to catch Oprah before she leaves?! Winner of a cover. So where’s the science?

  14. Gbenga Alara

    Fantastic!! Kissing is an Art. Would like to know who invented it, and where to take it from here.

  15. Would like to know who invented it, and where to take it from here.

    Good. That’s covered!

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I’m looking forward to the book’s debut…

  16. Cain

    It’s a great cover but did you have any say in it? If not what were your ideas for pictures, sculptures…etc as the cover art?

  17. Does it talk about the transfer of testosterone when you kiss? Caught this on Discovery the other day: and a follow up episode after that discussed kissing.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry.Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.comFor more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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