The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. Here's how we found out what we know so far.
We've been trying to make sense of the link between our minds and our bodies since the very dawn of civilisation. Now the pace is hotting up.
Join the biologist and historian Matthew Cobb (Life's Greatest Secret) to explore the weird theories, blasphemous experiments and terrifying operating theatres that got us here, to the cusp of revelation.
Written with ambition and verve and rooted in a solid scientific explanation of the issues, Thinking Matter spans the centuries to reveal how the lives and works of a parade of philosophers, surgeons, mystics and neuroscientists have shaped the way we understand ourselves at the most profound level. From primitive dissections to the latest complex computational models of brain function, Cobb charts the course of this continuing quest, and prepares us for the astonishing discoveries to come.
Matthew Cobb is Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester where his research focuses on the sense of smell, insect behaviour, and the history of science. In 2008, he won the Zoological Society of London award for Communicating Science. His previous books include Life's Greatest Secret:The Race to Discover the Genetic Code, which was shortlisted for the the Royal Society Winton Book Prize, and the acclaimed histories The Resistance: The French Fight against the Nazis and Eleven Days in August: The Liberation of Paris in 1944. He is also the award-winning translator of books on the history of molecular biology, on Darwin's ideas and on the nature of life.