“Brave Genius”, Sean B. Carroll on Atheists Talk


If ever a book seemed to design to merge the “two cultures” of science and the humanities, it would be molecular biologist Sean B. Carroll’s newest work, Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize. Nominally the story of the friendship between biologist Jacques Monod and philosopher Albert Camus, the book is also a history of World War II from the French perspective, as well as an exploration of the work and ideas of both men who were so profoundly affected by the war. Coming out of one of the most dismal periods in living memory, the humanism that both of these men embodied pushed them both to accomplishments deemed to be among the highest of our species.

This Sunday, Carroll will join us on Atheists Talk to tell us about the book and what prompted him to spend the years required to research and write a book of this scope.

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Comments

  1. The Beautiful Void says

    The word “brave” has gotten so poisoned by Vacula and his ilk that it’s an unexpected and pleasant surprise to see it used in the correct context, as it is here. I’m looking forward to this!

  2. kevinkirkpatrick says

    Amusingly, Vacula & ilk do use the word “hero” in perfect accordance to prior precedence:

  3. kevinkirkpatrick says

    Dang – the video is embedded without timestamp – skip to 3 minutes 0 seconds for correct quote.

    Trying to put direct link: hero quote

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