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The Idea of the Brain by Professor Matthew Cobb

The Idea of the Brain: A History 'This is a masterpiece' - Adam Rutherford

Professor Matthew Cobb

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 12 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781781255896

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

4 stars out of 5
Henry Marsh
22 Apr 2020

"the book is an intellectual tour de force"

He succeeds magnificently – the book is an intellectual tour de force, and a brilliant demonstration of how a historical approach is often the best way of explaining difficult scientific problems. Science is, after all, a long series of questions. You open a door into a room, only to find many more doors, with yet more rooms beyond them. You are less likely to get lost in the resulting maze if you start from the beginning.


4 stars out of 5
James McConnachie
8 Mar 2020

"This history shows just how little we know about the working of our minds"

Cobb is a professor of zoology at Manchester University and an established writer of popular science history. In this sweeping and electrifyingly sceptical book, he tells the story of the scientific understanding of the brain, from early philosophers’ intuitions to the balked, frustrated present in which “we cannot yet see how to take the next step”.