Best Anil Ananthaswamy books
The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self
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*An NBC News Notable Science Book of 2015*
*Named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2015*
*A Book of the Month for Brain HQ/Posit Science*
*Selected by Forbes as a Must Read Brain Book of 2015*
*On Life Changes Network’s list of the Top 10 Books That Could Change Your Life of 2015*
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard’s syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self from a master of science journalism.
Anil Ananthaswamy’s extensive in-depth interviews venture into the lives of individuals who offer perspectives that will change how you think about who you are. These individuals all lost some part of what we think of as our self, but they then offer remarkable, sometimes heart-wrenching insights into what remains. One man cut off his own leg. Another became one with the universe.
We are learning about the self at a level of detail that Descartes (“I think therefore I am”) could never have imagined. Recent research into Alzheimer’s illuminates how memory creates your narrative self by using the same part of your brain for your past as for your future. But wait, those afflicted with Cotard’s syndrome think they are already dead; in a way, they believe that “I think therefore I am not.” Who—or what—can say that? Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfire, can cause the self to move back and forth between the body and a doppelgänger, or to leave the body entirely. So where in the brain, or mind, or body, is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the human brain.
The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth's Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
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Do No Harm: The People Who Amputate Their Perfectly Healthy Limbs, and the Doctors Who Help Them
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All his life, David has been afflicted by a strange and uncomfortable feeling: that his leg belongs to somebody else. It's left him angst-ridden, depressed and confused - and after years of torment, the only way he can think to is to get rid of it completely.
David isn't alone. In fact, thousands of people worldwide have the same compulsion to remove their own limbs, or other body parts, and now scientists think they may have identified why. But as researchers unearth the deep neurological roots of the condition, those who have already been driven towards the edge are seeking radical treatment from a few unorthodox surgeons.
In this disturbing, award-winning investigation from the science and technology publisher MATTER, acclaimed writer Anil Ananthaswamy delves accompanies one man as he travels the world to get the illicit surgery he craves. Join him on a journey that reveals what it's like to be at war with your own body.
Data Communications Using Object-Oriented Design and C++/Book and Disk (McGraw-Hill Series on Computer Communications)
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The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of the Self
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Reisen an die Grenzen der Physik: Wie Kosmologen und Teilchenphysiker an extremen Orten die Geheimnisse des Universums entschlüsseln (German Edition)
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Dieses Buch nimmt uns mit auf eine Reise zu den größten Fragen der modernen Kosmologie – und zu den Teleskopen und Detektoren, von denen wir uns Antworten erhoffen und die oft genug in entlegenen, unwirtlichen Regionen der Erde stehen. Die Geschichten der Menschen, die dort arbeiten, vermitteln uns ein neues Bild des Universums und unseres unstillbaren Bedürfnisses, es zu verstehen. Das Neutrino im Baikalsee schildert die Wissenschaft als einen menschlichen Prozess und holt die Kosmologie in anschaulichster Form auf die Erde zurück.
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