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The Story of the Brain in 101/2 Cells

Wingate, Richard
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd (Wellcome Collection)
Published: May 4, 2023
ISBN: 9781788162968
224 pages, 20 black & white illustrations of brain cells
Country of publication: United Kingdom


There are more than 100 billion brain cells in our heads, and every single one represents a fragment of thought and feeling. Each cell possesses a mysterious beauty, with branching, intricate patterns like shattered glass. Richard Wingate has been scrutinising them for decades, yet he is still gripped by the myriad of forms when he looks down the microscope.

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 illuminating the stories of pioneering scientists like Santiago Ramon 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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