How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547508184, 384pp.
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
"Seung has an intelligent, educated and powerful voice, with a flair for the well-placed metaphor. I've enjoyed it." —Christof Koch, Nature
"Sebastian Seung scales the heights of neuroscience and casts his brilliant eye around, describing the landscape of its past and boldly envisioning a future when we may understand our own brains and thus ourselves." —Kenneth Blum, Executive Director, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University"Sebastian Seung can do it all. He’s widely recognized as a superb physicist, a whiz with computers, and a path-breaking neuroscientist. Connectome shows that he's also a terrific writer, as inspiring as he is clear and good humored." —Steven Strogatz, Cornell University, author of Sync: the Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order "In Connectome, Sebastian Seung reminds us that the human brain has contemplated itself for centuries. This is an important book, full of refreshingly new science and engaging history, about the essential quest to understand ourselves." —Phillip A. Sharp, MIT, 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "A landmark work, gorgeously written. No other researcher has traveled as deeply into the brain forest and emerged to share its secrets." —David Eagleman, author of Incognito and Sum "Connectomics is emerging as a crucial and exhilarating field of study. Sebastian Seung takes you by the hand and shows you why. Connectome is a page turner—a book that should be read by anyone who lays claim to be thinking about the nature of life." —Michael Gazzaniga, University of California at Santa Barbara and author of Human and The Ethical Brain "An amiable guide, witty and exceptionally clear in describing complex matters for the general reader...fascinating...beautifully explained and analyzed—as I might have expected from a writer who has produced the best lay book on brain science I've ever read." —Daniel Levitin, Wall Street Journal
Our brains are filled with billions of neurons. Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung explains how mapping out the connections between those neurons might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception, ideas and mental illness. More at NPR.org
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