Thinking of Neuroscience

One of the finest scientists of the times- and one who happens to be of Indian origin- is V S Ramachandran. Currently Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, Professor in the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Programme at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Ramachandran studied first at Stanley Medical College in Chennai, then at Cambridge and at Caltech before moving to San Diego.

The Marco Polo of neuroscience is what Richard Dawkins calls him, Galileo of neurocognition, says Allan Snyder, while Oliver Sacks- that prolific writer on matters neurological- says "No one is better than V. S. Ramachandran at combining minute, careful observation with ingenious experiments and bold, adventurous theorizing."

Random House, India, brings us his latest book, The Tell-tale Brain: Unlocking the mystery of human nature, where Ramachandran takes us on a fascinating journey into the human brain, studying patients who exhibit bizarre symptoms, and using them to understand the functions of the normal brain. Along the way he asks big questions: How did abstract thinking evolve? What is art? Why do we laugh? How are these hardwired in the neural mechanisms of the human brain, and why did they evolve? Brilliant, lucid, and utterly compelling, The Tell-Tale Brain is a pathbreaking book from one of the leading neuroscientists today.

In our General Science section, 384 pages in hardcover, Rs 450. ISBN: 9788184001198