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Beyond the Zonules of Zinn

A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain

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$22.50 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674034587

Publication Date: 03/30/2010


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

30 halftones


This book does an excellent job of introducing the layout of the brain in an easily digestible form through describing the history of its discovery while celebrating quirkiness in its nomenclature and the eccentricities of early anatomists… This book is enjoyable to read and provides an excellent contribution to making some of the apparently bizarre structure and functioning of the brain accessible to the lay reader. All neuroscientists should also welcome it: as a teacher of neuroanatomy for many years I certainly read it with pleasure.—M.W. Brown, The Times Higher Education Supplement

Absorbing… [Bainbridge’s] witty journey from spinal cord through brain stem to cerebral cortex, ending with a cautious chapter on the ‘deceitful spectre’ of consciousness, is unashamedly personal… Despite the complexity of the human brain, Bainbridge seeks to convince the non-specialist that it is, in fact, ‘simpler than you might have thought.’… Highly informative and historically minded.—Andrew Robinson, The Lancet

David Bainbridge is establishing a reputation for clear, popular science writing, laced with imaginative flair and good humor, plus the essential skill of good storytelling. It is a reputation this book is likely to enhance… Presented as a journey through the ‘geography’ of brain and nervous system, the book introduces its lay readers to a phantasmagoria of exotically named parts, from the Tolkienesque tract of Goll to the canal of Schlemm, Varolio’s bridge and a host more.—Rob Parkinson, The Human Givens Journal

With great good humor, anatomist Bainbridge conducts a tour up the spinal cord to the cerebral cortex, en route covering, in succession, embryonic brain development, the structuring of the senses, and the workings of the mind. A tour de force of popular science writing.Booklist

[A] wonderful exploration of the brain and central nervous system… Writing in prose that is precise, descriptive, and engaging, [Bainbridge] offers vibrant depictions of neuroscientists’ discoveries and the brain’s evolution. Moving from structure and evolution to the senses, engineering, and wiring of the brain, the author eloquently describes the functioning of the central nervous system and then briefly examines the connections between the brain and the mind, along with more esoteric functions such as memory and consciousness.—Candice Kai, Library Journal (starred review)

In this ‘geographical tour’ of the nervous system, readers will find an entertaining and enlightening history of neuroscience and a look at the anatomy of the brain… The book’s relaxed pace, interesting tangents and broad coverage make this book eminently suitable for anyone curious about the brain.Publishers Weekly

Awards & Accolades

  • A Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Book of 2008
  • A Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of 2008
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