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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780810990333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810990333
  • ASIN: 0810990334
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carl Schoonover is a doctoral candidate in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University, where he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.


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Carl Schoonover is a neuroscience PhD candidate at Columbia University, and the author of Portraits of the Mind. He has written for The New York Times, Le Figaro, The Huffington Post, Science Magazine, Scientific American, Design Observer, LiveScience, Boing Boing, Commentaire, and cofounded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. He hosts a radio show on WKCR 89.9FM, which focuses on opera, classical music, and their relationship to the brain.

Carl currently lives in New York City and works on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex in the Bruno laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center.

Customer Reviews

The pictures are gorgeous: it would make a great coffee table book.
Jeremy
The book, Portraits of the Mind by Carl Schoonover is an exquisite book treasure that thrills the reader who wants both pictorial beauty and fact uncovered in a book.
Kathryn braund
This book catalogs state of the art imaging techniques used to explore the brain and nervous system.
Laura

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By R. Alvarez on October 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Through graduate school I encountered countless scientific images of the brain that were fascinating due to the creative techniques used to capture them as well as their power for unraveling sientific mysteries; but above all these images were simply beautiful in their own right and kept me wanting more.

In Portraits of the Mind, Carl Shoonover goes far beyond presenting an extensive compilation of beautiful images of the brain's physiology. He uses them in conjunction with brilliant and down-to-earth essays from top neuroscienctist to tell the story of the brain and of the people who've studied it throughout the centuries.

This book is a work of art to be treasured by anyone who shares appreciation for visual imaging, science and the brain.

Thanks Carl!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Carl Schoonover, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at Columbia University, has provided information and images about the function of the central nervous system that is as fascinating a read as it is a subject. Not one to tackle all aspects of this interesting book, Schoonover has engaged fellow scientists and historians to access the history of the study of the human brain from the Middle Ages to the present. The result is a book brimming with scientific information made readable by the author in the accompanying captions to the many photographs and reproductions of drawings that illuminates the purely scientific writing of the text of the book.

The book opens with a well-written introduction and preface by the author who sets us on a journey to experience the ancient beliefs about the brain and the gradual probing of understanding how thoughts are transmitted and how the body works under the governorship of the brain. Beginning with Galen and progressing through Vesalius and Descartes (with some fascinating information on phrenology!) and Golgi, the beginning of Neuroscience as a subject begins the intensive writing and illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852 - 1934), the Spanish histologist, neuroscientist, and Nobel laureate. From here until the end of the book are images now available through electron microscopy, MRI, and other sophisticated forms of imaging that present the art of the central nervous system. After reading the texts, returning to the book becomes an artistic experience as the illustrations are endlessly fascinating.

PORTRAITS OF THE MIND is a book that marries science and art and will likely become a part of not only schools of science and medicine, but also schools of art. Very well written and produced, this book is highly recommended for the investigative mind! Grady Harp, January 11
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By herbert west on March 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's a saying along the lines of "aesthetics is for artists like ornithology is for the birds". I think this also applies to science, and while there's lots of good stuff in this book, it strikes me as basically a collection of pretty pictures of neural structures and not, as the title claims, "portraits of the mind".
Maybe I don't mean this as a negative review of the book per se (it gives plenty of background on the science), but I do want to take issue with some of the more gushy reviews on this page. It's hard to combine art with science, in my view, because the underlying intentions are usually so different. You wind up with didactic art (boring) or mushy science (possibly worse than boring). I think this book does a really impressive job of navigating between those extremes, but inevitably the result is not a total success.
If you want to see beautiful pictures of neurons - minus the hype - I'd recommend "the fine structure of the nervous system" by Peters. "Human microscopic anatomy" by Krstic is also stunning, but hideously expensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn braund on April 2, 2011
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The book, Portraits of the Mind by Carl Schoonover is an exquisite book treasure that thrills the reader who wants both pictorial beauty and fact uncovered in a book. I love the sentence in the preface that tells us "an army of curious men and women has endowed us with an abundance of infinitesimal glimpses into what is going on upstairs...." This amazing story of how the brain was discovered to be what it is began in the second century by the first of this inquisitive army, a physician named Galen of Pergamum. He is the first of the scientists through the centuries to put his heart and mind to discovering what makes our brain and the ways in which it moves our lives. There was great debate during the ages about what neurons do, what they look like, what purpose they have. The hand drawings of old, the fabulous views of parts of our brain that we now can see in this modern age of technology, and the words that describe each image and concept via the essays that begin each chapter, and the captions that word illuminate the exquisite pictorial images are wonderful. I found that with a dictionary to help me uncover meanings of words I was not familiar with that the essays and captions are easily understood by the layman as well as by those interested in neuroscience and in "what goes on upstairs." I am so glad I own a copy of this exquisite book treasure and I can muse on its wonder each time I open a page. Kathryn Braund
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My work is in the neurosciences and I am happy to have this book. While my current project is on a functional unit of the CNS this book was able to explain why so often many aspects of cellular images are destroyed in the processing of the sample - making the understanding of the neuron just slightly out of an easy grasp.

The history of the histology - pathology - neuro path - was also very easy and great read. I have a lot of respect for the different ideas that past scientist were surmising - and could follow how difficult it was for them to gather the hard proof.
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