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Nicholas P. Money at the Harvard Science Center presenting “Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines: Our Lifelong Relationship with Fungi” in conversation with DONALD H. PFISTER

March 19 @ 6:00 pm

 |  Free – $31.82


March 19
6:00 pm
Free – $31.82
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Harvard Science Center
1 Oxford Street
Cambridge, 02138


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515

Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines: Our Lifelong Relationship with Fungi

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome NICHOLAS P. MONEY—professor of biology at Miami University and author of The Rise of Yeast and Mushrooms: A Natural and Cultural History—for a discussion of his new book Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines: Our Lifelong Relationship with Fungi. He will be joined in conversation by DONALD H. PFISTER—Asa Gray Research Professor and Curator at the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany.


There are two ticket options available for this event. Nicholas will sign copies of his book after the presentation.

Free General Admission Ticket: Includes admission for one.

Book-Included Ticket: Includes admission for one and one hardcover copy of Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines.

About Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines

From beneficial yeasts that aid digestion to toxic molds that cause disease, we are constantly navigating a world filled with fungi. Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines explores the amazing ways fungi interact with our bodies, showing how our health and well-being depend on an immense ecosystem of yeasts and molds inside and all around us.

Nicholas Money takes readers on a guided tour of a marvelous unseen realm, describing how our immune systems are engaged in continuous conversation with the teeming mycobiome inside the body, and how we can fall prey to serious and even life-threatening infections when this peaceful coexistence is disturbed. He also sheds light on our complicated relationship with fungi outside the body, from wild mushrooms and cultivated molds that have been staples of the human diet for millennia to the controversial experimentation with magic mushrooms in the treatment of depression.

Drawing on the latest advances in mycology, Molds, Mushrooms, and Medicines reveals what scientists are learning about the importance of fungi to our lives, from their vital role in supporting the ecosystems on which we depend to their emerging uses in lifesaving medicine.