Proust Was a Neuroscientist

ISBN-10: 0547085907

ISBN-13: 9780547085906

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jonah Lehrer

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As Jonah Lehrer demonstrates in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.Taking a group of nineteenth- and twentieth- century artists -- a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists -- Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the mind that neuroscience is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot understood the brain'39;s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier intuited umami (the fifth taste); how C'233;zanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language. It'39;s a riveting tale of art trumping science again and again. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first-rate science writing, Proust Was a Neuroscientist urges science and art to listen more closely to each other, for willing minds can combine the best of both, to brilliant effect.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

Jonah Lehreris a Contributing Editor at Wired and the author of How We Decide, Proust Was a Neuroscientist, and Imagine: How Creativity Works. Jonah is also a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Radiolab, and the Wall Street Journal.

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