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The Sublime Engine

by Stephen Amidon

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This book is broken down into six chapters that each start with a fictional vignette intended to cover the thinking about the heart during that time with the latter half of each chapter discussing the biology and science within a historical context.

This is an interesting approach but I felt it bogged down the book in a lot of weak prose. Some of these vignettes had no direction and often rambled on for pages with irrelevant background and little to do with the heart.

The science and biology were interesting and did a great job of explaining the techniques and the back stories of the researchers at the time. I think that this part of the book could have stood on its own and made for a great (albeit shorter) book. ( )
  pbirch01 | Jan 18, 2013 |
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A lyrical history of the human heart draws on scientific, religious, and literary sources to reveal the heart's role in human imagination and culture from the ancient world to today.

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