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by Carl Sagan

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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ISBN: 0345288238
ISBN13: 978-0345288233
Category: Science
Subcategory: Astronomy & Space Science
Author: Carl Sagan
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 12, 1980)
ePUB size: 1943 kb
FB2 size: 1157 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 166
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I’ve heard purists complain that the great Carl Sagan “should stick to his field” of astronomy. I say that’s a narrow and pedantic view — he was a brilliant man who shared his boundless love of EVERYTHING, great and small, in such an engaging way! Generations have learned so much from him — not just scientific fact, but philosophy and humanity and the delight of learning. This book, filled with the mysteries of the human brain, is particularly fascinating! I highly recommend it.
My favorite books tend to draw the humanities and science into closer alignment and Carl Sagan is the master of that kind of magic.

"Broca's Brain" is a series of essays that will open your eyes to science as a way of thinking.

One of the best things about this book is Sagan's willingness to look at pseudo-science, crackpot ideas that are popular with the general public, and the writings of some truly eccentric people, and carefully explore the research possibilities their beliefs present.

This book is fun to read and an educational masterpiece. It would make a nice gift not only for adults but also for teenagers who have inquisitive, scientic minds.

Kim Burdick
I'm a huge Carl Sagan fan. Read cosmos 5 stars, Contact 5 stars and Dragons of Eden 5 stars. So I hoped Broca's Brain would be a good book. It sure was. Excellent.

Many topics of science and man's acceptance of science shown. Also publishing non science thought and trying to get it accepted without it passing the rigorous testing and verification needed is shown.Carl Sagan was a world class Astronomer/ scientist who believed in the scientific method of science evaluation. However he wanted conflicting views on established ideas on science brought out to the public but with good research that could be verified. Carl had an open mind and tried not to dismiss different scientific ideas just because they were different than the established thought. He did want sufficient study, evaluating and testing on the new principles before acceptance. Carl says there is no way to show the existence or non existence of God, and does not put religion down. Its basically a matter of faith.

The title Brocan's Brain is based on a Frenchman who was the father of brain development and structure as to how the brain worked. Broca examined hundreds of brains. Carl was in France and actually held Broca's preserved brain in his hands at the Musee de Homme.

Many aspects of different religions are shown and discussions on the existence or non existence of a God are given. The book gives a fascinating account of older cultures' perceptions of the cosmos. Many of the giants like Aristotle, Galileo and others have their ideas shown. There is a wide showing about many aspects of science both and mythology. Also spiritualism, kooks, and charlatans are shown. The Big Bang, Steady State and Collapsing universe are shown. A lot of time is taken to show the reader the use of Radio Astronomy, the benefits and knowledge obtained using it, as well as possible contacting and receiving messages from an ET source. Fascinating. Eventual contact with ET life both less and more advanced is stressed. It will happen.

Many more topics are discussed in the book. Many of the topics could of been really heavy,difficult subjects for the average layman. However the master communicator Carl Sagan is able to write about difficult subjects and thoughts for less educated readers to fully understand. Carl was a master at this.

Sadly Carl Sagan passed away in 1996. The world misses a great astronomer, scientist and great man. As an amateur astronomer of 40 years I knew of Carl Sagan but he did not know of me. I considered him a friend. 5 stars... excellent book
It was surprising! I don't expect Science to be romantic but I like the way Carl Sagan puts scientific discoveries into non-scientific words so that Science is remarkable - not dull!
adventure time
Broca's Brain is a little dated but still worthwhile. Sagan's insight and passion for science comes through as always. His view of the quest for knowledge and science as a candle in the dark makes this a must read for the scientist and layman as well

Read this and watch Cosmos, you will not be disappointed.
Perhaps my least favourite of all the books that I've read by Sagan, but it still contains enough of his gems to make it worth reading. I thought the last chapter, in particular, was a real marvel of combining science and philosophy. I found myself skipping most of a couple of chapters, though, just because I thought he spent more time on a topic than it was worth.
This collection of essays and articles by Carl Sagan is simply one of the finest and most lucid books to explain scientific issues. Sagan is unparalleled at making the complicated clear and the obscure obvious, and being entertaining and engaging in the process.
A great book. Sagan explains science, how it works, what it is and isn't, in a way that is readily understandable to the layman.