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Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Mix the latest and most rigorous scientific research, irrepressible old-fashioned entrepreneurship, and the ancient human desire to live forever (or at least a lot longer) and the result is today’s exploding multibillion-dollar antiaging industry. Its achievements are so far mostly marginal, but its promises flow with all the allure of a twenty-first-century fountain of yo ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Crown (first published January 1st 2010)
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Todd Martin
Apr 11, 2010 Todd Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eternity Soup is an interesting overview of the theories of aging (cell damage due to free radicals, programmed cell death, etc.) and the various efforts to extend the human lifespan (calorie restriction, hormone replacement, and others). Though medical advances have increased the average human lifespan it has done little to change the length.

Critser takes a realistic look at the science and quackery surrounding the field of life extension. Though I think he gives some of the theories a bit more
Nov 14, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an interesting and humorous exploration of the science and quackery associated with anti-aging. Several broad themes are investigated; caloric restriction, hormone therapy, animal research (mostly with mice), engineering and gerontology. Almost all of the content of this book is based on first-hand interviews with the scientists (and quacks) working in the field of anti-aging. The author attended countless symposia, workshops, and conferences on the subject. Read this book if you en ...more
Alexandre Couto de Andrade
A very good book that tells scientific knowledge apart from myth and pseudoscience.
Oct 15, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Overall this is a very well-researched book. There are parts, like the section on lab animals in Book Three, that I feel drag on a bit too long out of the interest of the author rather than necessity. But it's an educational and enlightening read.
David W. Wood
Good info, spoiled by bouts of small-mindedness

On the whole, the material is covered well and interestingly. But it's a shame the author didn't have the courage to fully follow the logic of the remarkable potential he rightly noticed for the engineering approach to healthy life extension.
Aug 24, 2010 Kristina marked it as to-read
Started to read this book and wish I'd had time to finish between work and play practice/performances in July. Will get it again and finish! Good food for thought on anti aging movement. (I am still proud of every gray hair on my head!)
Sep 09, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. Informative
A good overview. Lacking much thought on environmental and philosophical effect.
Sounded interesting but wasn't so I gave up towards the end.
Katie Christian
Interesting - but not in-depth. The author didn't seem to do much research of his own, and his mocking attitude toward the A4M wasn't warranted.
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