Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science

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Ballantine Books, 1979 - Science - 398 pages
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A fascinating book on the joys of discovering how the world works, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cosmos and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.

"Magnificent . . . Delightful . . . A masterpiece. A message of tremendous hope for humanity . . . While ever conscious that human folly can terminate man's march into the future, Sagan nonetheless paints for us a mind-boggling future: intelligent robots, the discovery of extraterrestrial life and its consequences, and above all the challenge and pursuit of the mystery of the universe."--Chicago Tribune

"Go out and buy this book, because Carl Sagan is not only one of the world's most respected scientists, he's a great writer. . . . I can give a book no greater accolade than to say I'm planning on reading it again. And again. And again."--The Miami Herald

"The brilliant astronomer . . . is persuasive, provocative and readable."--United Press International

"Closely reasoned, impeccably researched, gently humorous, utterly devastating."--The Washington Post

 

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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Cheerful and exuberant but nothing substantial. One chapter is literally spent rebuffing claims by a crazy guy. I understand the principle at stake explained by the author but it's a waste of my time (which is why people don't bother doing that!). Read full review

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Carl Sagan is a classic of science writing, and I've enjoyed his fiction, but unfortunately he doesn't hold up too well. Sometimes it's easy to tell when the science is dated, particularly when he's ... Read full review

Contents

Brocas Brain
3
Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on
15
Sense
51
White Dwarfs and Little Green Men
77
OUR NEIGBORHOOD IN SPACE
175
Will You Walk a Little Faster?
255
Via Cherry Tree to Mars
262
Experiments in Space
269
The Past and Future of American Astronomy
293
The Quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
314
ULTIMATE QUESTIONS
327
A Sunday Sermon
329
Gott and the Turtles
342
The Amniotic Universe
353
References
369
Index
383

In Defense of Robots
280

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About the author (1979)

Carl Sagan served as the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo spacecraft expeditions, for which he received the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and (twice) for Distinguished Public Service.

His Emmy- and Peabody-winning television series, Cosmos, became the most widely watched series in the history of American public television. The accompanying book, also called Cosmos, is one of the bestselling science books ever published in the English language. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize, the Oersted Medal, and many other awards--including twenty honorary degrees from American colleges and universities--for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his "research transformed planetary science . . . his gifts to mankind were infinite." Dr. Sagan died on December 20, 1996.

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