I’d characterize her as much more than that… a person who objectively, and helpfully, addresses, on behalf of all of us, key issues such as death, sex, and space.
Ignoring taxes, death, sex, and space are arguably the top three concerns of humanity. Roach researches and reports latest developments with thoroughness and humor.
Regarding space, read her 2010 “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.” If you’re an evangelist of humanity reaching out to space, this will give you new encouragement.
Regarding sex, read her remarkably good-natured* 2008 “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.” This will give you much new data into vaginal arousal, cross dressing, and such related topics.
Regarding death, read her 2003 “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.” Or her 2005 “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife.” This will give you specifics on what goes on at mortuaries, experiments weighing bodies before and after death, and other insights and data.
Mark Twain once said, “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” Mary Roach combines humor with rigor to document what most matters (and entertains) us all.
*Good Natured – would YOU be willing to have a vaginal implant installed to measure sexual stimulation?