In Search of Memory

The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

Eric R. Kandel (Author)


“A stunning book.”—Oliver Sacks

Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel intertwines the intellectual history of the powerful new science of the mind—a combination of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology—with his own personal quest to understand memory. A deft mixture of memoir and history, modern biology and behavior, In Search of Memory brings readers from Kandel's childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna to the forefront of one of the great scientific endeavors of the twentieth century: the search for the biological basis of memory.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • March 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32937-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 528 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide


Endorsements & Reviews

“A scrupulously detailed yet magnificently panoramic autobiography.” — Sherwin B. Nuland, New York Times Book Review

“Arresting—indeed, unforgettable.” — Howard Gardner, Washington Post

“An enchanting book.” — Nancy C. Anderson, Science

“Few can interlace their autobiography with the evolution of a scientific paradigm. Even fewer can weave such a story seamlessly. Eric Kandel is one of these.” — Yadin Dudai, Nature

“Beyond autobiography, the book is also an accessible introduction to contemporary neuroscience, the study of how the brain produces thought and action. Included are brilliant vignettes on the history of neuroscience.” — Times Literary Supplement

“[A] scintillating mix of memoir, history of science, and fundamental biology without peer. It shows compellingly what first-rate science is and how it is created.” — E.O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life

“Written with talent and grace, this extraordinary book by one of the greatest scientists of the mind alive will be read with delight by general readers as well as by students and scholars.” — Elie Wiesel, author of Night

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