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101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory | [Terry McDermott]

101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory

It's not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist - malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain's memory machine has begun to pay off.
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It's not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist - malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain's memory machine has begun to pay off.

Award-winning journalist Terry McDermott spent nearly two years observing Lynch at work and now gives us a fascinating and dramatic account of daily life in Lynch's lab - the highs and lows, the drudgery and eureka moments, the agonizing failures. He provides detailed, lucid explanations of the cutting-edge science that enabled Lynch to reveal the inner workings of the molecular machine that manufactures memory. And he explains where Lynch's sights are now set: on drugs that could fix that machine when it breaks, drugs that would enhance brain function during the memory process and that hold out the possibility of cures for a wide range of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here is an essential story of science, scientists, and scientific achievement - galvanizing in the telling and thrilling in its far-reaching implications.

©2010 Terry McDermott (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[McDermott's] exposition of the science is lucid, and his first-hand account of Lynch's seething laboratory is riveting, full of prickly egos, desperate battles for grants, and epic experiments...that become daily roller-coasters of triumph and despair as results trickle in. This is an engrossing story of science and the brilliant, flawed people who make it." (Publishers Weekly)

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    An epic neuroscience tale featuring the whacky, brilliant, frequently hilarious, iconoclast researcher Gary Lynch. A fascinating view of the chain of discoveries that explain how memory forms in the brain.

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