Soul Made Flesh
The Discovery of the Brain--And How It Changed the World
Presiding over the rise of this new scientific paradigm was the founder of modern neurology, Thomas Willis, a fascinating, sympathetic, even heroic figure at the center of an extraordinary group of scientists and philosophers known as the Oxford circle. Chronicled here in vivid detail are their groundbreaking revelations and the often gory experiments that first enshrined the brain as the physical seat of intelligence -- and the seat of the human soul. Soul Made Flesh conveys a contagious appreciation for the brain, its structure, and its many marvelous functions, and the implications for human identity, mind, and morality.
Praise For Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain--And How It Changed the World…
"Carl Zimmer's illuminating book charts a fascinating chapter in the soul's journey."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Describes a kind of second Copernican revolution -- one inside
the body. Thrilling."
-- Ross King, Los Angeles Times
"This page-turner is a tribute to the heretical thinkers who decoded nature by relying on direct observation rather than received opinion."
"A thumping good read."
-- Timothy Ferris, author of The Whole Shebang and Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Atria Books, 9780743272056, 384pp.
Publication Date: June 6, 2005