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The Science Times Book of The Brain [Hardcover]

Nicholas Wade

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Editorial Reviews Review

Readers of the Science Times section on Tuesdays in the New York Times are familiar with the high-quality features to be found there. Now the best science and nature articles have been collected in a series of books on Fish, Birds, Fossils and Evolution, and The Brain.

The Science Times brain book contains 45 articles on topics ranging from the nature of dreams and consciousness to the making of memories. For all its seeming structural simplicity, the brain is a mysterious and complicated organ, and a great deal of brain structure and function are covered in this book. Sensory systems and imagination get fascinating article treatment, as do addiction and homosexuality. Sidebars and illustrations maintain the journalistic tone. --Therese Littleton

From the Back Cover

For more than twenty years, the Science Times section of The New York Times has been the source of cutting-edge scientific information for readers throughout the world. The award-winning Times writers place the latest research in context, and with lucid analyses take readers beyond the headlines toward real understanding.The Science Times Book of the Brain is a superb volume with chapters on senses, emotions, mood, memory, language, consciousness, dreams, medicine, and much more. Articles illuminate key discoveries made within the last decade about the physiology, psychology, and neurology of our most vital organ.How is it that we learn? How does the brain make sense of our world? How do children's brains develop? What goes awry in trauma and mental illness? How does the brain repair itself and compensate? What is the nature of consciousness? These and hundreds of other mysteries are plumbed in The Science Times Book of the Brain. Everyone with an interest in the mysteries and wonders of the brain and the mind will find this collection indispensable. (71/4 X 91/2, 260 pages, illustrations)

Product Details

  • Series: Science Times
  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558216537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558216532
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicholas Wade is the author of three books about recent human evolution. They are addressed to the general reader interested in knowing what the evolutionary past tells us about human nature and society today.
One, Before the Dawn, published in 2006, traces how people have evolved during the last 50,000 years.
The second book, The Faith Instinct (2009), argues that because of the survival advantage of religion, an instinct for religious behavior was favored by natural selection among early human societies and became universal in all their descendants.
A Troublesome Inheritance (2014), the third of the trilogy, looks at how human races evolved.
Wade was born in Aylesbury, England, and educated at Eton and at King's College, Cambridge, where he studied natural sciences. He became a journalist writing about scientific issues, and has worked at Nature and Science, two weekly scientific magazines, and on the New York Times.

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