Kano, March 19, 2010 (view all comments by Kano)
Jonah Lehrer has obviously done his research. The whole of this book provides an insight on the contribution that Art, and the Artist, have made to especially neuroscience. My appreciation for music and art has been widened enormously to encompass even 'how' they link to, and influence, leading edge science and social advancements. The book will change the way you see the world around you.
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Liz Lisle, January 28, 2010 (view all comments by Liz Lisle)
Just saw a speech by the incredible and talented Mr. Lehrer in San Francisco. For any artist or creative thinker who is interested in mental structures and how it is that we create pathways into cognition, this is your guy.
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librarylapin, September 21, 2009 (view all comments by librarylapin)
This is a beautifully written book that combines our inner science nerd with our literary romantic. Lehrer has written a very well documented book that provides a testament to the need for the creative world to fuel our scientific lives.
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The young Lehrer's keen portraits make for a winning read. Using Woolf, Stravinsky, Cézanne, Whitman, and a handful of others, he shows how art has given us as much insight into the human mind as science has.
by Los Angeles Times Book Review,
"His book marks the arrival of an important new thinker, who finds in the science and the arts wonder and beauty, and with equal confidence says wise and fresh things about both."
by Howard Gardner,
"In this intriguing reflection...both art and science are freshly conceived."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Solid science journalism with an essayist's flair."
by Oliver Sacks,
"Brilliantly illustrated...amazing....[Jonah Lehrer's] clear and vivid writing — incisive and thoughtful, yet sensitive and modest — is a special pleasure."
by Billy Collins, former poet laureate,
"Jonah Lehrer provides a fresh and unique look at eight of the artists who define modern culture."
Lehrer argues in this original book that science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, where the brain is concerned, art got there first. Focusing on a group of artists, Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the human mind that science is only now rediscovering.
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