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Locked away, remote from the rest of the body in its own custom-built casing of skull bone, with no intrinsic moving parts, the human brain remains a tantalising mystery. But now, more than ever before, we have the expertise to tackle this mystery - the last 20 years have seen astounding progress in brain research.

Susan Greenfield begins by exploring the roles of different regions of the brain. She then switches to the opposite direction and examines how certain functions, such as movement and vision, are accommodated in the brain. She describes how a brain is made from a single fertilized egg, and the fate of the brain is traced through life as we see how it constantly changes as a result of experience to provide the essence of a unique individual.

A bite-sized science classic.

©1997 Susan Greenfield (P)2000 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 18-04-15

Excellent short book on the brain

This is an excellent short book on the brain. The structure and functions of the brain are logically developed by including early ideas and scientific exploration of the functioning of the brain .

I listened to the book twice to see if it is my lack of understanding that hampers my full comprehension of the book but I think a downloadable PDF of the brain structure with parts clearly labeled will make the book instantly understandable. This suggestion hopefully should not detract from what is truly an excellent book
Fiona Shaw's reading was perfect. Her enunciation of each word and the tempo of her reading made listening truly enjoyable.