There are more than 100 billion brain cells in our heads, and every single one represents a fragment of thought and feeling. Each cell possesses a mysterious beauty, with branching, intricate patterns like shattered glass. Richard Wingate has been scrutinising them for decades, yet he is still gripped by the myriad of forms when he looks down the microscope. With absorbing lyricism and clarity, Wingate shows how each type of cell possesses its own personality and history, illustrating a milestone of scientific discovery and illuminating the stories of pioneering scientists like Santiago Ramon y Cajal and Francis Crick. Discover the ethereal world of the brain with this elegant little book - and find out how we all think and feel.
Richard Wingate is a neuroscientist who studies the development and evolution of the brain. He studied at Manchester and Oxford and has worked at universities in London and New York. He currently researches neurobiology and teaches at King's College London, where he is Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, also collaborating across disciplines to explore the interfaces between science and arts, philosophy, history and social sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the popular website, BrainFacts.org.