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.
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"[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)
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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