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Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1986

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“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.”
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“The brilliant astronomer . . . is persuasive, provocative and readable.”
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“Closely reasoned, impeccably researched, gently humorous, utterly devastating.”
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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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 1986)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0345336895
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0345336897
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
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Carl Sagan was 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 spacecraft expeditions to the planets, for which he received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Dr. Sagan received the Pulitzer Prize and the highest awards of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation, and many other awards, for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment. His book Cosmos (accompanying his Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning television series of the same name) was the bestselling science book ever published in the English language, and his bestselling novel, Contact, was turned into a major motion picture.

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O livro é bem leve, o material é feito numas folhas bem levinhas e isso facilita muito segurar o livro, principalmente se for ler em pé no transporte público (meu caso kkkk'). A cor das páginas também é agradável aos olhos, num tom meio amarelado-queimado.

Livro maravilhoso, foi meu primeiro livro em inglês (idioma original) do Carl Sagan, e confesso que é outro nível ler os pensamentos do Sagan no idioma original, se você é brasileiro, pretende comprar livros do Sagan e tem conhecimento de inglês pelo menos o suficiente pra ler bem, compre, compre sem medo, a experiência de imersão nos profundos pensamentos do autor são outro nível. O processo de tradução perde muito da semântica e dos maneirismos e singularidades da escrita e do pensamento original. A partir de agora todos os livros do Sagan vou comprar sempre no idioma original.
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What a great book! Carl Sagan can write anything. Carl Sagan wasn't just an astronomer but a great author too. I would like to recommend you this masterpiece. The most nice thing was that I received this delivery 3 days before the estimated date.
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