Carl Zimmer

Soul Made Flesh
  • Soul Made Flesh

  • At the beginning of Europe's turbulent seventeenth century, no one knew how the brain worked. By the century's close, the science of the brain had taken root, helping to overturn many common misconceptions about the human body as well as to unseat centuries-old philosophies of man and God. Presiding over this evolution was the founder of modern neurology, Thomas Willis, a fascinating, sympathetic, even heroic figure who stands at the centre of an extraordinary group of scientists and philosophers known as the 'Oxford circle'. Chronicled here in vivid detail are their groundbreaking revelations and often gory experiments that first enshrined the brain as the chemical engine of reason, emotion, and madness - indeed as the very seat of the human soul.

Carl Zimmer is the author of 12 books about science, including Microcosm: E-coli and The New Science of Life and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea, and writes frequently for the New York Times and magazines such as National Geographic and Discover. Since 2003 he has written The Loom, an award-winning blog. He was awarded the 2007 National Academies Communication Award, the highest honour in the US for science writing. He is a lecturer at Yale University.

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