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Paperback | $27.00 Short | £18.95 | ISBN: 9780262621199 | 374 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 1997

Queer Science

The Use and Abuse of Research into Homosexuality


What makes people gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual? And who cares? Written by one of the leading scientists in the research of sexual orientation, Queer Science looks at how scientific discoveries about homosexuality influence society's attitude toward gays and lesbians, beginning with the theories of the German sexologist and gay-rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld and culminating with the latest discoveries in brain science, genetics, endocrinology, and cognitive psychology.


"Simon LeVay's review of what `causes' homosexuality will be widelyregarded as authoritative because it is thorough and fair. He not onlylays out the sometimes conflicting evidence but also takes pains toassess the science as good or sloppy and to judge the assumptionsbehind theories. And it is wonderful to encounter a scientist whowrites beautifully."
Richard E. Cytowic, Washington Post