Author(s): Thomas Czerner
In the tradition of Lewis Thomas's books on biology, this book presents the intriguing historical story about the study of the brain in the past 30 years. The study provides readers with an understanding of how the brain works.
"...a highly recommended, enjoyable book on a fascinating subject. Certainly one for the present list of a friend or relative..." (M2 Best Books, 16 September 2002)
THOMAS B. CZERNER, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco and is a senior faculty consultant of the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program at the California Pacific Medical Center.
Preface. Introduction. Exploring a Recently Discovered Galaxy: Off to See the Wizard. Stardust and the Music of the Neuron: Impulses and How They Move You. The Ghost in the Machine: The Elusive Homunculus. The Photon and Your Brain: Your Quiet Conversation with Nature. The Intelligence of the Neuron: Your Life Depends on the Decisons of Individual Cells. The Moving Parts of Your Brain: The Photon Illuminates the Lilliputian Machinery of the Neuron. The Yellow Brick Road: To Your Biological Clock and Internal Maps of the Universe. The Emerald City: The Secrets of the Most Complex Functions of the Brain. Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: The Brain Is a Supercomputer and Much, Much More. The Shape of an Idea: Neuronal Ensembles. Pure Wizardry: Matching Your Behavior to Your Situation. Your Personal Chemistry: From Molecules to Moods and from Genes to Behavior. The Final Chord. Notes. Index.