Is science the only path to knowledge? In this sparkling and provocative book, Jonah Lehrer explains that when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.
Taking a group of celebrated writers, painters and composers, Lehrer shows us how artists have discovered truths about the human mind - real, tangible truths - that science is only now rediscovering.
We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot understood the brain's malleability; how the French chef Escoffier intuited umami (the fifth taste); how Cezanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Virginia Woolf pierced the mysteries of consciousness.
It's a riveting tale of art trumping science again and again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 19/04/2012
- Category: General arts
- ISBN: 9780857862310