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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262121996 | 374 pp. | 6 x 9 in | May 1996
Paperback | $27.00 Short | £19.95 | 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.

About the Author

Simon LeVay, whose 1991 paper published in Science, "A difference in hypothalamic structure between homosexual and heterosexual men," attracted worldwide scientific and public attention, is Associate Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of California, San Diego. He is presently Chair of the Steering Committee of the Institute of Gay and Lesbian Education, West Hollywood, a new college for the gay and lesbian community in Southern California.


“Simon LeVay's review of what 'causes' homosexuality will be widely regarded as authoritative because it is thorough and fair. He not only lays out the sometimes conflicting evidence but also takes pains to assess the science as good or sloppy and to judge the assumptions behind theories. And it is wonderful to encounter a scientist who writes beautifully.”
Richard E. Cytowic , Washington Post