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Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century (Anglais) Relié – 5 octobre 2010

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Portraits of the Mind follows the fascinating history of our exploration of the brain through images, from medieval sketches and 19th-century drawings by the founder of modern neuroscience to images produced using state-of-the-art techniques, allowing us to see the fantastic networks in the brain as never before. These black-and-white and vibrantly colored images, many resembling abstract art, are employed daily by scientists around the world, but most have never before been seen by the general public. Each chapter addresses a different set of techniques for studying the brain as revealed through the images, and each is introduced by a leading scientist in that field of study. Author Carl Schoonover s captions provide detailed explanations of each image as well as the major insights gained by scientists over the course of the past 20 years. Accessible to a wide audience, this book reveals the elegant methods applied to study the mind, giving readers a peek at its innermost workings, helping us to understand them, and offering clues about what may lie ahead.

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Carl Schoonover is a doctoral candidate in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University, where he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.

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A mind-blowing wish come true 28 octobre 2010
Par R. Alvarez - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Through graduate school I encountered countless scientific images of the brain that were fascinating due to the creative techniques used to capture them as well as their power for unraveling sientific mysteries; but above all these images were simply beautiful in their own right and kept me wanting more.

In Portraits of the Mind, Carl Shoonover goes far beyond presenting an extensive compilation of beautiful images of the brain's physiology. He uses them in conjunction with brilliant and down-to-earth essays from top neuroscienctist to tell the story of the brain and of the people who've studied it throughout the centuries.

This book is a work of art to be treasured by anyone who shares appreciation for visual imaging, science and the brain.

Thanks Carl!
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Images of How the Brain Works 25 janvier 2011
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Carl Schoonover, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at Columbia University, has provided information and images about the function of the central nervous system that is as fascinating a read as it is a subject. Not one to tackle all aspects of this interesting book, Schoonover has engaged fellow scientists and historians to access the history of the study of the human brain from the Middle Ages to the present. The result is a book brimming with scientific information made readable by the author in the accompanying captions to the many photographs and reproductions of drawings that illuminates the purely scientific writing of the text of the book.

The book opens with a well-written introduction and preface by the author who sets us on a journey to experience the ancient beliefs about the brain and the gradual probing of understanding how thoughts are transmitted and how the body works under the governorship of the brain. Beginning with Galen and progressing through Vesalius and Descartes (with some fascinating information on phrenology!) and Golgi, the beginning of Neuroscience as a subject begins the intensive writing and illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852 - 1934), the Spanish histologist, neuroscientist, and Nobel laureate. From here until the end of the book are images now available through electron microscopy, MRI, and other sophisticated forms of imaging that present the art of the central nervous system. After reading the texts, returning to the book becomes an artistic experience as the illustrations are endlessly fascinating.

PORTRAITS OF THE MIND is a book that marries science and art and will likely become a part of not only schools of science and medicine, but also schools of art. Very well written and produced, this book is highly recommended for the investigative mind! Grady Harp, January 11
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A good coffee table book 10 mars 2011
Par herbert west - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
There's a saying along the lines of "aesthetics is for artists like ornithology is for the birds". I think this also applies to science, and while there's lots of good stuff in this book, it strikes me as basically a collection of pretty pictures of neural structures and not, as the title claims, "portraits of the mind".
Maybe I don't mean this as a negative review of the book per se (it gives plenty of background on the science), but I do want to take issue with some of the more gushy reviews on this page. It's hard to combine art with science, in my view, because the underlying intentions are usually so different. You wind up with didactic art (boring) or mushy science (possibly worse than boring). I think this book does a really impressive job of navigating between those extremes, but inevitably the result is not a total success.
If you want to see beautiful pictures of neurons - minus the hype - I'd recommend "the fine structure of the nervous system" by Peters. "Human microscopic anatomy" by Krstic is also stunning, but hideously expensive.
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Portraits of the Mind 3 avril 2011
Par Kathryn braund - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The book, Portraits of the Mind by Carl Schoonover is an exquisite book treasure that thrills the reader who wants both pictorial beauty and fact uncovered in a book. I love the sentence in the preface that tells us "an army of curious men and women has endowed us with an abundance of infinitesimal glimpses into what is going on upstairs...." This amazing story of how the brain was discovered to be what it is began in the second century by the first of this inquisitive army, a physician named Galen of Pergamum. He is the first of the scientists through the centuries to put his heart and mind to discovering what makes our brain and the ways in which it moves our lives. There was great debate during the ages about what neurons do, what they look like, what purpose they have. The hand drawings of old, the fabulous views of parts of our brain that we now can see in this modern age of technology, and the words that describe each image and concept via the essays that begin each chapter, and the captions that word illuminate the exquisite pictorial images are wonderful. I found that with a dictionary to help me uncover meanings of words I was not familiar with that the essays and captions are easily understood by the layman as well as by those interested in neuroscience and in "what goes on upstairs." I am so glad I own a copy of this exquisite book treasure and I can muse on its wonder each time I open a page. Kathryn Braund
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Man's brain/mind/behavior conundrum through pictures 17 juillet 2011
Par C. S. ALD - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
An amazing exploration of the brain through history up to present day. From the milestones of neurology such as phrenology, to todays technological portraits as fascinating feats of mankind knowledge. The book itself is a small neurological museum! As a neurology resident I am fascinated by the way the mind is portrayed in a format that really means a million words. The network of "cables" that run through the complete nervous system, from the brain to the last nerve ending, from the most primitive C elegans nerve system to the human brain.
I have so many neurology books, but this one is unique. It is delightful and I've shown the book to professionals of all fields who also find it fascinating. It is targeted to the general audience and it is a magical book. In the book, you experience the nervous system as a thing of beauty that assembles chemistry, electrical and cellular sciences together in a way that as life itself, shows a glimpse of God's great mysteries. Enlightening!
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