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Alcohol and its Role in the Evolution of Human Society: RSC [Paperback]

Item : Alcohol and its Role in the Evolution of Human Society: RSC [Paperback]
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Author Author : Hornsey, Ian S
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1849731616
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781849731614
Publisher Publisher : Royal Society of Chemistry
Pages Pages : 684
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100045114

Archaelogists and anthropologists (especially ethnologists) have for many years realised that man's ingestion of alcoholic beverages may well have played a significant part in his transition from hunter-gatherer to agriculturalist. This unique book provides a scientific text on the subject of 'ethanol' that also aims to include material designed to show 'non-scientists' what fermentation is all about. Conversely, scientists may well be surprised to find the extent to which ethanol has played a part in evolution and civilisation of our species. gives a description of the science and social context of its production from the viewpoint of a former academic microbiologist and professional brewer. with fascinating asides such as the politics of wheat use for beer versus bread, or the ceremonial use of sake. ...this book is an excellent and diverse resource for those wishing to learn about historical brewing ingredients, practices and the genomics of the various sugar and yeast components used... ...good addition to collections that provide mostly archeological evidence on the formation of society, religion, and agriculture. Archaelogists and anthropologists (especially ethnologists) have for many years realised that man's ingestion of alcoholic beverages may well have played a significant part in his transition from hunter-gatherer to agriculturalist. This unique book provides a scientific text on the subject of 'ethanol' that also aims to include material designed to show 'non-scientists' what fermentation is all about. Conversely, scientists may well be surprised to find the extent to which ethanol has played a part in evolution and civilisation of our species. Hornseys tour de force covers an immense amount of ground at an impressive depth. Readers unfamiliar with the fundamentals of brewing technology, metabolic pathways and plant biology may find themselves having to make use of the extensive references to get the most out of the text. The author modestly describel“¥

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