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By Charles G. Gross

Neuroscientist Charles Gross has been attracted to the historical past of his box given that his days as an undergraduate. A gap within the Head is the second one number of essays during which he illuminates the learn of the mind with interesting episodes from the prior. This volume's stories diversity from the background of trepanation (drilling a gap within the cranium) to neurosurgery as painted by way of Hieronymus Bosch to the invention that bats navigate utilizing echolocation. The emphasis is on blind alleys and mistakes in addition to triumphs and discoveries, with historic practices attached to fresh advancements and controversies. Gross first reaches again into the beginnings of neuroscience, then takes up the interplay of artwork and neuroscience, exploring, between different issues, Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson" work, and eventually, examines discoveries via scientists whose paintings used to be scorned of their personal time yet confirmed right in later eras.

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