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Book review : The Astonishing Hypothesis, by Francis Crick

Although best known as the co-discoverer, with James Watson, of the structure of DNA, Crick also worked in neuroscience. He taught himself neuroanatomy and from the 1980s until his death he studied the mechanism of consciousness at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. In this book he presents his ideas on this subject. The book is aimed at non-specialist readers and Crick writes very accessibly, but he does not over-simplify and readers with little previous knowledge of neuroanatomy will have to work quite hard to grasp the details, particularly in the chapters on the visual system that is the main focus of the book. But Crick says that it is acceptable to skim the difficult sections and simply note the conclusion. [More]

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