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In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2007

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    A fabulous book from a distinguished scientist who has spent his career in search of memory. Part memoir, part history of neuroscience, and part pop science account, this is definitely an informative and even an entertaining read. It is filled with colorful characters from the past and present of neuroscience, some famous, some primarily known within their particular field of research. One of these colorful characters was Alden Spencer, who was one of Kandel's colleagues, who had a sharp mind and died at a tragically young age. The book also contains some very interesting information about the brain basis of mental illness, including some interesting rodent studies. Also discusses a merging of biological and psychoanalytical thought, plus some recent ideas about consciousness. Overall, a very worthwhile and enjoyable read, for the scientist and general reader alike, delivered with the same thoughtfulness and attention to detail as in his co-authored textbook, Principles of Neural Science.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Worth the effort

    This is an outstanding book that weaves biography and science. In the process you may gain an understanding and appreciation for the way scientists do their work. Kandel has made a real effort to make the complex intelligible to the general reader.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    Outstanding Book.!! from a novice to Biology

    This is one of the best books i have ever read. Eric makes a careful synthesis of Science and Biography, and maintains the equilibrium throughout the book. Though i am not with a medical background, i could get the basics of memory and physiology. When outlining a complex scientific theories, he accompanies them with relevent basics, which makes you not to feel 'Greek to me'. I recommend everyone to read this book and take the benefit of one of the most important discoveries of 20th century.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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