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Award-winning journalist Terry McDermott spent nearly two years observing Lynch at work and now gives us a fascinating and dramatic account of daily life in Lynch's lab - the highs and lows, the drudgery and eureka moments, the agonizing failures. He provides detailed, lucid explanations of the cutting-edge science that enabled Lynch to reveal the inner workings of the molecular machine that manufactures memory. And he explains where Lynch's sights are now set: on drugs that could fix that machine when it breaks, drugs that would enhance brain function during the memory process and that hold out the possibility of cures for a wide range of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here is an essential story of science, scientists, and scientific achievement - galvanizing in the telling and thrilling in its far-reaching implications.
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By Joe on 04-18-10
Fascinating tale of a scientific maverick's lab
Disclaimer: I am a psychological scientist, so your enjoyment mileage may differ, but I found 101 Theory Drive a truly fascinating tale. McDermott's detailed account of the scientific (and personal) life of Gary Lynch--who first correctly worked out the neurological bases of memory formation in the brain--is full of interesting details about the life and work of a brilliant thinker and scientific investigator...warts, setbacks and all. It's got a lot of physiological detail, which may bore/confuse some readers, but it does not require a lot of knowledge to follow, and it is truly fascinating if you are at all interested in how the brain becomes "mind". I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the way science REALLY works and in how creative thinkers often work.
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By Roy on 08-23-10
Entertaining and Informative
In this book Terry McDermott aptly tells the story of Gary Lynch and his twenty year effort to understand the biochemical process and brain functions that support human memory. But wait - there is more. McDermott tells the story in a very compelling way, he explains the science in easy to understand terms, and describes the primary characters very well. If you have an interest in neurosocience, this is a good, non-technical book. Readers will gain insight into memory and better understand how the research contributes to that understanding.
In sum, this is an informative, well written book. Stephen Hoye does his usual best in the great reading.
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