Author: Sam Kean

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More Pop Neuroscience in Review: The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

April 19, 2022 Uncategorized 2 ★★★★

More Pop Neuroscience in Review: The Tale of the Dueling NeurosurgeonsTitle: The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
Author: Sam Kean
Source: Library
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Rating:four-stars

Summary: Entertaining, wide-ranging look at what we know about the brain and how we know it.

I enjoyed Sam Kean’s earlier book on genetics, The Violinist’s Thumb, and unfortunately delayed reading this book because of the misleading title. To be fair, the subtitle (“The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery”) is much more accurate. While one anecdote does involve two slightly competitive neurosurgeons, the bulk of the book is far more interesting and far more wide ranging history of medical cases that revealed new information about the brain. Read more »

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Review: The Violinst’s Thumb

January 7, 2016 Uncategorized 10 ★★★★★

Review: The Violinst’s ThumbTitle: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
Author: Sam Kean
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:five-stars

Summary: This engaging science read was perfect for me, well researched and full of fascinating anecdotes, including a surprising number that were new to me.

I really loved the way this book was organized. The author managed to generally move forward through the history of evolution and the history of genetics at the same time. Each chapter answers a fairly specific question and each set of chapters addresses a broader question, such as what makes us human and where all of our discoveries are leading us. This structure made for an accessible and intriguing read. Read more »

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