David Linden is professor of neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of three books: The Accidental Mind, The Compass of Pleasure, and Touch.
"Although these essays provide us with glimpses of the scientific underpinnings of thought, they also make us realize that what goes on in our minds is nothing short of magical." --Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American "Awareness is the first step to change. Knowing why we do what we do is an essential part of that awareness. This motley crew of brilliant neuroscientists helps to provide just that insight... not only in their answers, but more importantly in the questions they raise."--Beau Lotto, author of Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently and founder of the Lab of Misfits "What a wonderful smorgasbord of brain science. These essays are all written to be accessible, but some will be more to your taste than others, and that's the nice thing--you choose. Every one of them is a gem in my opinion."--Stuart Firestein, author of Ignorance: How It Drives Science and Failure: Why Science Is So Successful "Specialists write to specialists. David Linden is well aware of this but he also understands that science gains its powers when understood by others. He challenged forty prominent neuroscientists about the broader implication of their science. The result is a fascinating story of the brain. You may not agree with all the opinions but you will walk away with a rewarding experience."--Gyorgy Buzsaki, author of Rhythms of the Brain "Scientists who can effectively communicate science are rare, but here are forty of the best, describing with clarity and enthusiasm the latest in brain research and its impact on our lives."--Gordon M. Shepherd, co-editor of Handbook of Brain Microcircuits "David Linden captures the excitement of forty neuroscientists concisely discussing the workings of our marvelous brains. Students, professors, and non-scientists will be drawn in, updated, and astonished by the exquisite solutions the nervous system has developed to solve an array of complex problems."--Robin Lester, The University of Alabama at Birmingham