Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Feb 7, 2012 - Science - 256 pages
23 Reviews
“This is complicated stuff, and it is a testament to Dr. Seung’s remarkable clarity of exposition that the reader is swept along with his enthusiasm, as he moves from the basics of neuroscience out to the farthest regions of the hypothetical, sketching out a spectacularly illustrated giant map of the universe of man.”—Abigail Zuger, M.D., New York Times

Every person is unique, but science has struggled to pinpoint where, precisely, that uniqueness resides. Our genome may determine our eye color and even aspects of our character. But our friendships, failures, and passions also shape who we are. The question is: how?

Sebastian Seung is at the forefront of a revolution in neuroscience. He believes that our identity lies not in our genes, but in the connections between our brain cells—our particular wiring. Seung and a dedicated group of researchers are leading the effort to map these connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse. It’s a monumental effort, but if they succeed, they will uncover the basis of personality, identity, intelligence, memory, and perhaps disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Connectome is a mind-bending adventure story that presents a daring scientific and technological vision for understanding what makes us who we are, both as individuals and as a species.

“Accessible, witty, imminently logical and at times poetic, Connectome establishes Seung as an important new researcher, philosopher and popularizer of brain science. It puts him on par with cosmology’s Brian Greene and the late Carl Sagan.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
  

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Review: Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

User Review  - Hannah Jackson - Goodreads

The first third of this book was very interesting, because it explained a lot of old theories about the brain. It then turned very technical, which is fine, and went in depth on how the brain works as ... Read full review

Review: Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

User Review  - Lage von Dissen - Goodreads

Seung explains some of the cutting edge technologies that are allowing us to map our "connectomes", that is, the physical layout of the neuronal and synaptic connections in the brain. It is generally ... Read full review

Contents

Connectionism
37
Nature and Nurture
97
Connectomics
135
Beyond Humanity
231
Epilogue
274
End Matter
277
Back Flap
363
Back Cover
364
Spine
365
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About the author (2012)

Sebastian Seung is Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has made important advances in robotics, neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and statistical physics. His research has been published in leading scientific journals, and also featured in the New York Times, Technology Review, and the Economist.

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