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Portraits of the Mind

November 22, 2010

Digital imaging is at the forefront of the art and technology marriage, and we are nearly at the honeymoon stages of what can be done. We really like to promote the use of technology and art, and this is a wonderful sense of it, without geek-ifying it too much, and keeping to a classic form of a book that is palatable to scientific types and artsy people alike. We stumbled across some of the images to peak your interest,

The book is called Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the BRain from Antiquity to the 21st Century. By Carl E. Schoonover and published by Abrams Books. Some details below.

About the book
Portraits of the Mind follows the fascinating history of our exploration of the brain through images, from medieval sketches and 19th-century drawings by the founder of modern neuroscience to images produced using state-of-the-art techniques, allowing us to see the fantastic networks in the brain as never before. These black-and-white and vibrantly colored images, many resembling abstract art, are employed daily by scientists around the world, but most have never before been seen by the general public. Each chapter addresses a different set of techniques for studying the brain as revealed through the images, and each is introduced by a leading scientist in that field of study. Author Carl Schoonover’s captions provide detailed explanations of each image as well as the major insights gained by scientists over the course of the past 20 years. Accessible to a wide audience, this book reveals the elegant methods applied to study the mind, giving readers a peek at its innermost workings, helping us to understand them, and offering clues about what may lie ahead.

Praise for Portraits of the Mind:

“The collection of images in the new book Portraits of the Mind is truly impressive . . . The mix of history, science and art is terrific.”
-Wired.com

About the author
Carl Schoonover is a doctoral candidate in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University, where he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.

images via GOOD. see more there.

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