Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Paperback


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:
  • Category: General arts
  • ISBN: 9780857862310



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