The Idea of the Brain

ISBN: 9781781255902 Categorii: Diverse, Diverse. An apariție: 2021 Autor: Matthew Cobb Editură: Profile Books Ltd Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 480 Stoc: Stoc limitat

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This is the story of our quest to understand the most mysterious object in the universe: the human brain.

Today we tend to picture it as a computer. Earlier scientists thought about it in their own technological terms: as a telephone switchboard, or a clock, or all manner of fantastic mechanical or hydraulic devices. Could the right metaphor unlock the its deepest secrets once and for all?

Galloping through centuries of wild speculation and ingenious, sometimes macabre anatomical investigations, scientist and historian Matthew Cobb reveals how we came to our present state of knowledge. Our latest theories allow us to create artificial memories in the brain of a mouse, and to build AI programmes capable of extraordinary cognitive feats. A complete understanding seems within our grasp.

But to make that final breakthrough, we may need a radical new approach. At every step of our quest, Cobb shows that it was new ideas that brought illumination. Where, he asks, might the next one come from? What will it be?

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Matthew Cobb
Data Publicarii
2021
Editura
Profile Books Ltd
Inaltime
20
Latime
13
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
480
Subtitlu
A History
Bic
PDZ
Premii
Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford
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