ISBN-10:
0262532557
ISBN-13:
2900262532555
Pub. Date:
09/01/2003
Publisher:
MIT Press
Man Who Tasted Shapes / Edition 1

Man Who Tasted Shapes / Edition 1

by Richard E. Cytowic
Current price is , Original price is $27.95. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900262532555
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Series: Bradford Books Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author


Richard E. Cytowic, M.D., MFA, a pioneering researcher in synesthesia, is Professor of Neurology at George Washington University. He is the author of Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses, The Man Who Tasted Shapes, The Neurological Side of Neuropsychology and (with David M. Eagleman) the Montaigne Medal–winner Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia, all published by the MIT Press.


Jonathan Cole, D.M., F.R.C.P., is Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital, and at Salisbury Hospital (with its Spinal Centre), a Professor at Bournemouth University and a visiting Senior Lecturer, Southampton University.

What People are Saying About This

The New Scientist

Space constraints prevent me from giving more than a mere flavour of the richness of Cytowic's thinking. With broad sweeps, he outlines anew landscape.... Read this book—and the more objective you think you are, the more open-minded you will need to be to appreciate it.

Endorsement

Phenomena that are robust and repeatable but don't fit the 'big picture' of accepted Science are often regarded as anomalies and unfairly ignored by the establishment. Synesthesia—the mingling of senses—is one such topic. In this reprint of his classic work, Dr. Cytowic has once again revived interest in this fascinating topic.—V. S. Ramachandran, Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

V. S. Ramachandran

Phenomena that are robust and repeatable but don't fit the 'big picture' of accepted Science are often regarded as anomalies and unfairly ignored by the establishment. Synesthesia—the mingling of senses—is one such topic. In this reprint of his classic work, Dr. Cytowic has once again revived interest in this fascinating topic.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Man Who Tasted Shapes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sosiles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It was very interesting and the main narrative was engaging. Towards the end though he goes off on this tangent about 'the primacy of emotion over reason' that heads straight into New Age territory. Worse the whole arguments are directed various 'straw man'. If you just want to get an inside view on Synesthesia this is a good book for you. If your looking for trustworthy science then not so much.
Bibliophial on LibraryThing 8 months ago
An interesting book for synaesthetes. As the foreword suggests, it makes some provocative assertions (siting synaesthesia in the limbic system, and saying that, for humans, emotion, connected with that system, is biologically prior to ratiocination, with the cortex), based on the author's own researches up to 1993. The revised edition chooses not to amend the text in the light of more recent research (because, explicitly, that would spoil the 'story' of the reseach - emotion, here, before thought?), but places them in an afterword. Since this new research (to 2003) does alter the picture quite markedly, that is probably a wrong decision. An interesting account of one piece of fascinating scientific research, though, and Cytowic does allow himself to explore the scientific process more broadly that his precise subject might necessarily call for. Ironically, his 1993 conclusions are probably falsified to a degree by the very technological advances that he decries in the main text of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago