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Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain From Antiquity to the 21st Century by Carl Schoonover.. It's amazing what we still don't know about the gray matter inside our own skulls, but this arty book sparks the synapses in gorgeous Technicolor. You'll have a whole new sense of awe seeing the cerebral symphony as revealed in this Snap's pages.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"No knowledge of the source or subject matter of these images is necessary; the book is justified by their beauty alone.."


"An odyssey through the brain, illuminated by a rainbow."

New York Times

Author bio: Carl is a neuroscience PhD candidate and National Science Foundation graduate fellow at Columbia University, and the author of Portraits of the Mind. He has written for 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. He currently lives in New York City and works in the Bruno laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Science/Technology; 239 pp. Sumptiously illustrated: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

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