Annal: 1978 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Results of the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1978.

Book:Dragons of Eden

Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

Carl Sagan

What are the origins of human intelligence? How did it evolve? What can its evolution tell us about the future of our species?

With his celebrated gift for graceful, inspired explication of complex scientific matters, Carl Sagan provides a breathtaking overview of the nature and development of human intelligence from prehistory to the present. His cosmological perspective gives his speculations a refreshing breadth, while his exhilarating segues from anatomical and biological detail to unexamined elements of enduring myths entwine human and natural history in provocative and illuminating ways.

Equally at ease with the scientific method and the literary imagination, Sagan is able to sketch a vision bold enough to engage in all its richness and perplexities the large question of what it means to be human, and to spice his speculations with…[more]

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