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The Story of the Brain in 10½ Cells

Book cover of The Story of the Brain in 10 ½ Cells by Richard Wingate

Peer into a microscopic world – and fall in love with the beauty of the brain.

There are more than 100 billion brain cells in our heads, and every single one represents a fragment of thought and feeling. And yet each cell is a mystery of beauty, with branching, intricate patterns like shattered glass. Richard Wingate has been scrutinising them for decades, yet he is still moved when he looks at one through a microscope and traces their shape by hand.

With absorbing lyricism and clarity, Wingate shows how each type of cell possesses its own personality and history, illustrating a milestone of scientific discovery and exploring the stories of pioneering scientists like Ramón y Cajal and Francis Crick, and capturing their own fascinating shapes and patterns.

Discover the ethereal world of the brain with this elegant little book – and find out how we all think and feel.

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Date published
224 pages

About the author

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Richard Wingate

Richard Wingate is a world-renowned neuroanatomist and neuroscientist. He is principal investigator at the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Professor of Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London. He is also Editor-in-Chief of brainfacts.org, the highly popular website that celebrates the wonders of the brain, and is supported by the Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience.