What Beer and Running Can Teach Us About the Scientific Process
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How does beer stack up as a recovery drink? The truth about foam rolling: if it hurts, does that mean it’s helping? What is up with Tom Brady’s pajamas? Join acclaimed FiveThirtyEight science writer Christie Aschwanden and Nature editor Brendan Maher for a fascinating and humorous investigation of the science of sports recovery.
Sports science is an inherently difficult subject to study. In her new book, ‘GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery’, Aschwanden demonstrates how even well-meaning scientists can be led astray when they fixate on the things they can measure instead of the things that matter, and how preliminary evidence can become dogma before it’s been properly verified. With keen observations and fascinating anecdotes (Usain Bolt’s 2008 Olympic performance was fueled by a 100-Chicken-McNuggets-a-day diet), Aschwanden takes an engaging, critical, and often humorous view at the hollow buzzwords, hard science, and deep weirdness that is the booming recovery industry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christie Aschwanden is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and a former health columnist for the Washington Post. A finalist for the National Magazine Award, her writing has appeared in Outside, Discover, Smithsonian, and O, The Oprah Magazine. For more information, visit www.christieaschwanden.com.
Brendan Maher is a science journalist and editor with the news team at Nature. He has been covering genetics, cell biology, biomedical and public health research among other squishy topics for more than 15 years. A recovering triathlete, he spends most of his running time these days chasing his twin boys around the state of New Jersey.
Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.