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Title:
The dragons of Eden : speculations on the evolution of human intelligence
Author:
Sagan, Carl, 1934-1996.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1977]

©1977
Physical Description:
263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780394410456
Format :
Book

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Summary

Dr. Carl Sagan Takes Us on a Great Reading Adventure, Offering his Vivid and Startling Insight Into the Brain of Man and Beast, the Origin of Human Intelligence, the Function of our Most Haunting Legends -- and Their Amazing Links to Recent Discoveries. Book jacket.


Author Notes

A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario.

Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 The Cosmic Calendarp. 11
2 Genes and Brainsp. 19
3 The Brain and the Chariotp. 51
4 Eden as a Metaphor: The Evolution of Manp. 85
5 The Abstractions of Beastsp. 111
6 Tales of Dim Edenp. 133
7 Lovers and Madmenp. 161
8 The Future Evolution of the Brainp. 197
9 Knowledge is Our Destiny: Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Intelligencep. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 249
Bibliographyp. 251
Glossaryp. 261
Indexp. 267