Broca's brain: reflections on the romance of science

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Random House, 1979 - Medical - 347 pages
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Sagan's experiences upon discovering and holding the preserved brain of nineteenth-century surgeon, anthropologist, and neurologist Paul Broca lead to speculations on the primitive elements of the human mind and the ways the human brain today is coping wi

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Review: Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science

User Review  - Sagar Vibhute - Goodreads

Carl Sagan is science's poet. I might read Broca's Brain a few times more just to immerse into his almost idyllic prose, not to mention that Carl Sagan has, in a masterful style, tackled a very ... Read full review

Review: Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science

User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

Ultimately I found this a bit disappointing. I liked the descriptions of historical scientists, and some of the language was beautiful, but mostly the book just dragged. Sagan's dissection of ... Read full review

Contents

Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on a Grain of Salt
13
THE FUTURE
39
Sense and Nonsense
43
Copyright

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About the author (1979)

A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.

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