Proust Was a Neuroscientist

By: Jonah Lehrer

Catalogue Number: L2M-D9SP

Proust Was a Neuroscientist

  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857862310
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Synopsis

Is science the only path to knowledge? In this sparkling and provocative book, Jonah Lehrer explains that when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first. Taking a group of celebrated writers, painters and composers, Lehrer shows us how artists have discovered truths about the human mind - real, tangible truths - that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot understood the brain's malleability; how the French chef Escoffier intuited umami (the fifth taste); how Cezanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Virginia Woolf pierced the mysteries of consciousness. It's a riveting tale of art trumping science again and again.

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