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#132, The Brain Book -

Written by Ken Ashwell, published by Firefly Book in 2012, this book contains 352 pages.

SUMMARY: The brain book investigate the amazingly complex and intriguing structure that is the human brain. Made up of billions of nerve cells, the brain controls our thoughts, movements, behavior, and emotions. This comprehensive book explores such diverse topics as how we sense the world, consciousness, and memory, through to disease and disorders, the aging brain, and spinal injury repair.

REVIEW: This is a very colorful book written by a subject expert. It covers many topics with interpreting pictures and graphics. It discusses the brain structure up to the level of a finishing high schooler or a university freshman. Even biology majors can learn something. It can even supplement some formal textbooks and makes learning richer. The brain is amazing, comparing with our computer chips. The brain has axons, neurons, chemical-mechanical transduction, billions of three-dimensional axon connections, chemical powering, regrowth and generation, switching and new connections. The peripheral sensory organs are amazing in their own rights. The little brains in digestive systems are amazing. Brain cells are nano-engineerined wonders. The brain can be inspirational to computers, circuits, sensors. It challenges our conventional thinking about cables, power lines, discrete sensors, miniaturization, materials, powering, switching, memory, transducers. Following the work of Carver Mead, the computational neuromorphic movement ended. With new materials and manufacturing, with the Moores facing new challenges, I think there is a chance to learn from the brain again.

Initial review by: Chang Liu

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Table of contents:

Chapter 1: Brain and spinal cord function Chapter 2: Nerves, nerve cells, and brain chemistry Chapter 3: Development of the brain and spinal cord Chapter 4: The senses Chapter 5: Movement and actions Chapter 6: The social and thinking brain Chapter 7: Mind, consciousness, mood, and psychosis Chapter 8: Brain plasticity, injury, and repair Chapter 9: Drugs and the brain Chapter 10: Disease and disorders

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