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Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science Mass Market Paperback – Feb 12 1986
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Carl Sagan, writer and scientist, returns from the frontier to tell us about how the world works. In his delightfully down-to-earth style, he explores and explains a mind-boggling future of intelligent robots, extraterrestrial life and its consquences, and other provocative, fascinating quandries of the future that we want to see today.
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Carl Sagan was 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 and Voyager missions to the planets and briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon. He helped solve many mysteries in planetary science from the high temperature of Venus to the seasonal changes on Mars. For his unique contributions, he was awarded the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievment and for Distinguished Public Service (twice), as well as the Tsiolkovsky Medal of the Soviet Cosmonautics Federation, the John F. Kennedy Award of the American Astronautical Society and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Space Education.
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"Broca's Brain" is the exact opposite. Instead of starting high, and force the reader to climb up to the book's level, Sagan is starting in the low and simple things (A grain of salt, for example.) and takes the fascinated reader to the high and miraculous.
Sagan is a great teacher, and more than that, he is a great storyteller. He is teaching science as it should be taught: As a story. Without funky formulas that most people can't even understand, and in simple and clear words. He is telling us the story of ourselves and everything that's around us, and in this book he is turning science from a magical and isolated thing to what it really should be: Simple, understandable by everyone, interesting and basically fun.
A fascinating journey through various aspects of science. There are few books in the world which can instill such wonderment for the meaning of things.
Sagan was always opinionated, but seldom shows bias. He lets the reader make up his mind by asking the questions, not giving the answers.
One of the pillars of any good book collection.
Sagan makes the case for science quite well and persuasively, extending it miracles, hoaxes, and unusual phenomona. Unlike many scientists of today, Sagan is not content with brushing off claims that he is skeptical of on first glance. He takes the claim head on, knowing that in the end, the truth is the ultimate goal. But confidence in science is only increased as skeptical inquiry leads one to see that there is often a simpler solution to a rare phenomenon than the posulate of a supernatural force or entity.
If you enjoy thinking and desire truth, this is a helpful and enjoyable book. If you fear becoming infected with an awe and sense of wonder towards the universe, do not read this book--Sagan is contagious.
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Carl Sagan is so widely known for his popularization of science that his thoughts on the philosophy of science are easily forgotten. Read morePublished on June 12 2001 by Charles Ashbacher
Broca's Brain may not be as famous as other works such as Cosmos or Contact, but it's every bit as engaging. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2000 by Amazon Customer
The chapter entitled "Venus and Dr. Velikovsky" is a masterpiece of pseudo-science debunking. Read morePublished on July 15 2000 by Gordon R Cameron
Dr. Sagan was an extraordinary teacher. He could explain things in such an easy way that anyone can understand. Read morePublished on Dec 31 1999
Not only was Dr. Sagan a brilliant cosmologist and thinker, he had a gift for writing and explaining things on a par with Isaac Asimov. Read morePublished on Dec 15 1999
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