Sum : Tales from the Afterlives

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In this startling book, David Eagleman shows us forty possibilities of life beyond death. With wit and humanity, he asks the key questions about existence, hope, technology and love. These short stories are full of big ideas and bold imagination.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 9mm | 129g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847674283
  • 9781847674289
  • 52,176

About David Eagleman

David Eagleman, PHD, is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas where his research laboratory is developing a reputation for doing some of the most unusual experiments in contemporary neuroscience. He has had essays published in all manner of journals including Nature and Science. He also lectures widely and continues to be invited to speak at universities all around the world.
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An absolute pearl of a book -- Stephen Fry Elegant, surreal and philosophically questioning, each story from neuroscientist Eagleman offers an inventive, thought-provoking blend of science and romance * * Metro * * Sum is terrific. The inventiveness, the clarity and wit of the prose, the calm air of moral understanding that pervades the whole thing, add up to something completly original. -- Philip Pullman This stunningly original book is little more than 100 pages long. You can get through it in an hour, but you'd be mad to hurry, and you will certainly want to return to it many times . . . Sum has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius. It seems exquisitely adapted to fill the contemporary longing for a kind of secular holy book. -- Geoff Dyer * * Observer * * Anything that tells us, convincingly, that this really may be the best of all possible worlds has something big going for it * * Guardian * * I suppose there could be people who dislike Canongate's latest find . . . those, dare one say it, without poetry in their souls. For the rest - the millions who even in a post-religious, secular society find themselves at unexpected moments wondering who or what God is, if he's not a little old man sitting on a cloud. -- Mary Crockett * * Scotsman * * Never short of new ideas, all of them rolled out with style * * Independent * * Witty, bright, sharp and unexpected - as surprising a book as I've read for years. Every story is a new Heaven -- Brian Eno Wacky and whimsical; a little goes a long way. -- Sue Arnold * * The Guardian * *
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10,342 ratings
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4 33% (3,411)
3 17% (1,785)
2 4% (449)
1 1% (136)
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