Praise for KRAKEN: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid
"Williams writes with a deft, supple hand as she surveys these spindly, extraordinary beasts and their world. She reminds us that the known world might be considerably larger than in the days of the bestiary-makers, but there is still room for wonder and strangeness."
-Los Angeles Times.com
"Williams's account of squid, octopuses, and other cephalopods abounds with both ancient legend and modern science."
"[Exposes squid's] eerie similarities to the human species, down to eye structure and the all-important brain cell, the neuron."
-New York Post
"just the right mix of history and science"
"Kraken is an engaging and expansive biography of a creature that sparks our imagination and stimulates our curiosity. It's a perfect blend of storytelling and science."
-Vincent Pieribone, author of Aglow in the Dark
KRAKEN extracts pure joy, intellectual exhilaration, and deep wonder from the most unlikely of places--squid. It is hard to read Wendy Williams's luminous account and not feel the thrill of discovery of the utterly profound connections we share with squid and all other living things on the planet. With wit, passion, and skill as a storyteller, Williams has given us a beautiful window into our world and ourselves. --Neil Shubin, author of the national bestseller "Your Inner Fish"
Wendy William's KRAKEN weaves vignettes of stories about historical encounters with squid and octopus, with stories of today's scientists who are captivated by these animals. Her compelling book has the power to change your world-view about these creatures of the sea, while telling the gripping, wholly comprehensible story of the ways in which these animals have changed human medical history. --Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation
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Table of Contents
Introduction: From Vampire to Wallflower 8
Chapter 1 A Wonderful Fish 13
Chapter 2 A Saltwater Serengeti 30
Chapter 3 Blue Bloods 39
Chapter 4 Architeuthis on Ice 50
Chapter 5 Fuzzy Math and Tentacles 62
Chapter 6 Luminous Seas 78
Chapter 7 Diaphanous and Delicate 98
Chapter 8 Solving Frankenstein's Mystery 107
Chapter 9 Serendipitous Squid 121
Chapter 10 Heure d'Amour 132
Chapter 11 Playdate 147
Chapter 12 Fan Clubs and Film Stars 159
Chapter 13 One Lucky Sucker 170
Chapter 14 Smart Skin 184
Epilogue: Curious, Exciting-Yet Slightly Disturbing 196