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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The Brain: A Very Short Introduction, Michael O'Shea
عنوان: اندیشیدن در باره مغز؛ نویسنده: مایکل اوشی؛ مترجم: رضا نیلی پور؛ تهران، هرمس، 1392؛ در 190 ص؛ نمایه، کتابنامه از ص 179 تا 181؛ شابک: 9789643638504؛ موضوع: مغز قرن 21 م
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Paperback, چاپ نخست, 190 pages
Published 2013 by تهران، هرمس، 1392 (first published October 8th 2003)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Brain: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #144), Michael O'Shea
How does the brain work? How different is a human brain from other creatures' brains? Is the human brain still evolving? In this fascinating book, Michael O'Shea provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. Chapters tackle subjects such as brain proce
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Jose Moa
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, neuroscience
This series of very short introductions by Oxford are in genral little big books with a lot of information and well structured and written.

Thi one is in my opinion outstanding because makes in a short book the no easy task of touch the extremely complex subject of the brain and it does it well.

I will give arelation of the chapters wih a textual series of reflections and facts by the author

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Thinking about the brain.
"Think for a few moments about a special machine,your brain (a machine made of nan
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Hoz Kamaran
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, excellent, amazing, informative, well written, and perfect book.
Armin
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Armin by: VSI Series
This was one of the first ebooks that I bought from the Kindle store. It is an ultra-brief introduction to your brain. I don't recommend reading it if you have any background in the field of human biology or the nervous system. Nonetheless the book is accessible and thought-provoking. With the launch of Obama's BRAIN Initiative, I would not mind an updated version by Michael O'Shea.

Here are a few little nuggets I've highlighted in the book to give you a taste of it:

"If the connections in the who
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Bojan Tunguz
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books in the VSI series, and I've read well over thirty by now. It gives a very good introduction to the basic neuroanatomy of the brain, and explains many important brain functions. The book is intended for laypeople, but even those (like me) who are familiar with the subject can benefit from reading it. Oftentimes neuroscience textbook overwhelm with details, and it is sometimes hard to see the forest from the trees. This book provides a good bird's eye perspective on t ...more
Aurélien Thomas
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain
Neuroscientist and Co-Director of the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics, Michael O'Shea's knowledges about the brain are wide-ranging, truly admirable... and it shows! From Hippocrates to 'neuron theory' he flies over the history of our understanding of the brain. He delves into physics and chemistry to display how fascinating is the functioning of our neural network (a baffling interplay between electrical signals and chemical messengers). He takes us through evolutionary biolo ...more
S.P.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent. I have been working my way through the VSI brain books (see bookshelf) and this was the last one of the selection I have bought. Predominately this is about medicine and biology - not a subject I spend much enthusiasm on outside of " turning to page forty-seven and drawing little beards and moustaches on the sperms", so I was surprised to discover I actually found brain biology to be quite interesting.

The last chapter concentrates on potential future developments and of cours
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Rafal Kudlinski
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-for-all
Very interesting book. It's a really short introduction to "The BrAiN". It presents basic information on how brain developed over millions of years and how it works. If you like science topics it may be a good choice of the book for you to read. Give it a try! ...more
Clay
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I found that although the information was useful, the writing was a bit flaccid.
Steve Mitchell
This is another cracking little book that gives a very useful starting point to learn more about the subject.
Nathan Sinclair
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book, though a lot of it went straight over my head. I found the chapters on the history of Neuroscience, how memories are formed and medical applications all fascinating, though.
Mohammed Amarnah
I would have finished this book in one day. More thrilling and exciting than the best thriller book out there. However, the amount of information in one page is literally HUGE. Whenever I was reading this book, I wondered, if that was a "short introduction", then what would I face if I decided to study the brain and neuroscience in further detail.
Did you know that there are about a hundred trillion interconnections that takes place in a small part of your brain?
Anyone will definitely enjoy this
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Mennatallah Yahia
Frankly, I could not understand the majority of the book as it contains many of the scientific terminologies which I have no knowledge of, yet I think it will be a good starting point for me to read more and more about the brain itself -this fascinating organ- and how it works, hopefully I can understand and become familiar with this kind of reading :))
Craig Dolder
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is only my second foray into the VSI series and I loved it. Michael covers the history of research, the common misconceptions, and the current state of research. His prose are accessible to all readers. A bit of high school chemistry might help with understanding the mechanics of synapses, but it is not required. I found this a very thought provoking read.
Andrew
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief, straight-forward, if occasionally confusing.
Wilbur
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. Brief but full of important information. I'll need to read this again. ...more
Mark
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating - will have to reread it to understand the more complex stuff.
SpaceBear
Its a very short introduction to the brain
Aakash Shah
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fact that one can get so much useful information out of such a small book is amazing.
Luke Gompertz
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vsi
This was perhaps pitched a little too low for me personally, but it was still useful. An interesting if brief overview of synapses, neurotransmitters, the mechanism of learning, and various brain regions / computations. I would have preferred the section on brain–machine interfaces be replaced with something else.
Mahsa
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting indeed.
It gives you a good perspective on the knowledge that humans currently have about their brains. It also follows a timeline, which lets you understand how human's brains have come up with this knowledge. By using a timeline, the writer is able to tell you about some of the important research methods and different branches of brain related sciences. He is also able to tell you that in the past, it was believed that the brain's job was cooling the blood; becaus
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Nate
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last half of the book was 5 stars. Super interesting. The first have was a pain to get through. I know a lot of people feel the history is important but I could care less about the old theories that provided insight but were not actually accurate. I wish he would have just spent the entire book on our current understanding. But yeah, totally worth the read.
Marwa Assem Salama
Incredibly boring! So, let's face it: As a non-specialist reader, There is nothing anyone can get if he knows all these overwhelming details about the anatomical structure and biological mechanisms of the brain with the related nervous system of the eyes and ears. Let alone the complexity of the ionic and electrical signalling between tiny neurons. This is a mere scientific rhetoric which no one cares about but its specialists. And even when they want to learn more about it, they will never end ...more
Scott Goddard
Granted, this is a book about the brain, that sponge-like blob of neurons and axons, which together control and ensure the smooth workings of the central neverous system.

When something is described as accessible, I assume the read will be easygoing, but in this instance, I encountered a large amount of tricky terminology that I just had to swallow without true comprehension of what they meant l.

Notwithstanding this criticism, this book served as an insightful and sound introductory book into on
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Natasha Padfield
This book stays true to its name and gives a good overview of the brain and how it works. Considering how short it is, the book covers an incredible variety of topics and mechanisms in a reasonable amount of detail. I completely understand that this kind of topic requires the use of some technical language and I feel the author did a good job of using it sparingly - but there were some chapters where I lost track of what exactly was being explained and/or got bored.

The final three chapters (6/7
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Anas Al-ameen
As far as VSI books go, this is a good one. The book is organized in a logical and coherent way, and it provides a general exploration into what I would imagine to be some of the most interesting aspects of neuroscience. But I don't feel like my understanding of the brain is appreciably different now that I've read the book. There's much vagueness in explaining how the brain works, but I doubt that this would be ascribed to the poor quality of the book over simply the fact that the field of neur ...more
Anas I.Abu-lehia
the book is so nice to read with a seamless flaw of ideas and interpretations, but i found it so difficult when the author explain brain construction , he was talking about cords and cortices and their function without using an illustrative methods such as diagrams . this made me googling too many items multiple times.
All in all, the book is quite awesome i highly recommend it.
Taalib Minhas
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design
This book was informative but also frustrating.

Imagine reading dense paragraphs of text describing the inner workings of a computer. That is what most of this book is like.

I had to read it alongside youtube and google images so that I could access the visual aids necessary to really grasp the topic.

DIGBY MARTIN FLETCHER
Are we machines?

Mostly understandable narrative which surprised me in several ways. I shall never think the same way again. Most interesting is the brains capacity to expand and alter.
Anıl Tuncel
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice intro to the brain and neuroscience. Some chapters were highly interesting, some others were too detailed for me (coming from engineering background). The chapter about computer science e.g. the current techniques used today are outdated.
Overall a good read!
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Michael O’Shea is Professor of Neuroscience and co-Director of the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at the University of Sussex in the UK. Before taking up his present position he was Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the USA. He held Research Fellowships at the University of Cambridge and th
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“The complexity of the resulting signalling network in the brain is almost unimaginable: one hundred billion neurons each with one thousand synapses, producing a machine with one hundred trillion interconnections! If you started to count them at one per second you would still be counting 30 million years from now!” 1 likes
“Memories must somehow be represented physically in the brain. Brain chemistry and structure is altered by experience and the stability of these physicochemical changes presumably corresponds to the retention duration of memory.” 1 likes
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