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Vivid, Informative, Engaging,
This review is from: Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--and How it Changed the World (Hardcover)
Ravaged by religious wars and capricious monarchs (sound familiar?), 17th century England was a kingdom in chaos. Against this bloody background, Carl Zimmer recounts the breakthroughs leading up to physician Thomas Willis's discovery that the brain - an organ previously dismissed as "a bowl of curds" -- is the seat of human consciousness and memory. Focusing on the activities of Willis's circle of "virtuosi" at Oxford, this gripping page-turner is a tribute to a group of heretical thinkers who decoded the book of Nature by relying on direct observation rather than received opinion.