Review: Broca's BrainEditorial Review - Kirkus Reviews
Sagan is a dedicated and persuasive expositor of ideas, and not afraid to try out new ones. In particular, he passionately defends the motives and style of science as an objective seeker of truth. This collection offers a number of hard-fact pieces along with philosophical musings, the common theme being the human mind as curious explorer, ever motivated to find order in nature. ""Broca's Brain,"" the title essay, describes Sagan's emotional reaction to the vials of preserved brains in a Parisian museum. A sense of awe is conveyed, along with a disquieting grisliness. There follow essays on ""good"" science--reactions to Einstein, reflections on a grain of salt, etc.; and then comes a major section of hoaxes and hucksters, from mediums to the von Danikens and Velikovskys. The sections dealing with space exploration and cosmology are fine summaries of present knowledge which underscore the major role played by manned and unmanned space vehicles in making astronomy an experimentally verifiable rather than a purely theoretical science. The concluding sections, in turn, speculate on the future of astronomy and on man's need to believe. Sagan amusingly records events that made the astronomical journals 75 years ago and ponders what an equal time leap will make of us today. And in the last, extraordinary essay, he suggests that a common basis for all religion may be the birth process with its watery Eden, followed by pain, the dark tunnel, and then light and the world. A mixed, often surprising bag of treats by a scientist who merits applause and attention.
Review: Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of ScienceUser Review - Joel Brumfield - Goodreads
This book should be read knowing that when it was written most of what Sagan talks about has not yet happened then you will realize waht a genius he truly was. Read full review
Review: Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of ScienceUser Review - Rick Barnes - Goodreads
The name is apt as Carl explores the evolution of the modern scientific mind. So very well written. Read full review