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101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory (Vintage)


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“In this engrossing book, Terry McDermott doesn't just teach you how the brain remembers. He also takes you inside the sanctum of science, documenting the failures and triumphs of the experimental process. This is a book about the truth, and the endless human struggle to find it.”

—Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide


“Terry McDermott's 101 Theory Drive is a reality show on paper, an inside look at Gary Lynch, the mysterious, Howard Hughes-like neuroscience pioneer, and his quest to uncover the mechanisms of memory, and to find a cure for memory loss.  Great reading start to finish.”

—Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self


“McDermott has written a gripping, perceptive, and informative account of a scientist's quest to unlock the secrets of memory. Pick it up, and you won't be able to put it down.”

—Daniel L. Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins of Memory


“The study of brain science is the new rocket science. 101 Theory Drive illuminates with great flair how we accomplish the simplest tasks, like remembering where we parked our car.  It is breathtaking and wonderfully informative study of modern science and the people who do it. Like no other book since Watson’s Double Helix, McDermott’s masterpiece captures the triumphs and trials of modern science, and what drives researchers to make discoveries.”

—Andrew N. Meltzoff, Ph.D., Co-author of The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind


101 Theory drive is a fun read about some fascinating neuroscience, and, even more importantly, provides a rare look into how science is really done. Can't wait to see the movie version.”

—Len Mlodinow, author of The Drunkard’s Walk


“When you learn something new, your brain physically changes. But how, exactly? McDermott tells a thrilling insider’s story about the race to find out—and it’s a story you won’t forget.”

—David Eagleman, author of Sum 

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"Synopsis" by , A riveting narrative account of a brilliant, rebel scientist and his notorious lab as they unlock the mystery of memory.


For decades Gary Lynch sought to uncover what physically happens in the brain when we form a memory. Luckily award-winning journalist Terry McDermott was with Lynch in his lab as his staff worked tirelessly to achieve this groundbreaking scientific discovery. Here with the verve of a novelist, McDermott introduces the cutting-edge science and wild cast of characters that enabled Lynch to reveal the inner workings of the memory machine. He then explains some practical applications of these discoveries: drugs that could possibly cure a wide range of neurological conditions, including ADHD. He also shows where Lynch’s sights are now set: on discovering the larger architectural of memory formation. 


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