The Science of Kissing Table of Contents!

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | December 21, 2010 3:01 pm

The Science of Kissing finally arrived on my doorstep last week. After years of research and writing, to hold the finished book in my hand is a very surreal experience.

Even though the official publication date is January 5th, I’ve just learned that Amazon is already shipping copies… early enough to arrive by Christmas and New Years Eve! Here’s a glimpse at Chapter titles:

Part One: The Hunt For Kissing’s Origins

1. First Contact

2. Jungle Fever

3. Kiss My Past

4. Cultural Exchange

Part Two: Kissing in the Body

5. The Anatomy of a Kiss

6. Women Are from Venus, Men Are Easy

7. Scent of a Man

8. Close Encounters

9. There Are Such Things as Cooties

Part Three: Great Expectations

10. This Is Your Brain on Kissing

11. The Open Lab

12: The Future of Kissing

13: The Right Chemistry

the science of kissing

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Comments (10)

  1. If the rest of the book is as good as the chapter titles your future as a writer is solidified! …so what are you working on next?

  2. The Open Lab? A whole chapter devoted to my book? πŸ™‚

  3. @1 Shecky R,
    Thanks. I can report it was a lot of fun to compose.

    @3 Jason Goldman,
    It’s a terrific title (and wink to the sciblings!)

  4. sunnygrrl

    I can’t wait to read it! And share it with everyone I know πŸ™‚

  5. congrats sheril! awesome that it’s in your hands.

  6. Darko

    Mine is yet to be shipped. Amazon says “Not yet shipped; Shipping Estimate: January 5, 2011”. I’m waiting, impatiently. πŸ™‚

  7. Linda

    I bought a copy of the new January issue of Discover, and saw the inside back page which covers your book.
    Also, congratulations for the Bridge the Gap conference you moderated in Washington, D.C. covered on pages 88 and 89. Very impressive.


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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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