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In the palaces of memory : how we build the worlds inside our heads
Johnson, George, 1952 January 20-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1991.
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xiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Author Notes

George Johnson was born in 1952, in Fayetteville, Ark. He has worked for newspapers in Albuquerque, N.Mex. and Minneapolis, Minn., and is a science writer for the New York Times.

His first book, Architects of Fear: Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia in American Politics (1984), won a special achievement award in nonfiction from the Los Angeles chapter of International PEN.

Many of Johnson's other books evidence thoughtful, spiritual examinations of the relation between man and science. Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith and the Search for Order (1995) is about the diversity of ideas in New Mexico. Johnson draws parallels between Los Alamos and the worshipful view of scientific discovery and the high desert, a sacred place for the Tewa Indians and Hermanos Penitentes.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

How does memory work? Johnson tries to provide an answer--or rather a series of interlocking answers--from neurophysiology, computer science, and philosophy. Without condescension, Johnson makes the theoretical essentials comprehensible for the nonspecialist. By providing engaging portraits of the scholars trying to uncover the mind's secrets, the author offers some understanding not only of scientific methods but of human motives. Johnson's approach to his subject may strike some readers as too reductionist, too unpoetic. But he opens many doors--in the brain and the laboratory--that would otherwise be locked for most readers. Notes and bibliography. ~--Bryce ~Christensen

Publisher's Weekly Review

This elegantly written investigation of the memory-storing process includes reports from biologist Gary Lynch, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Cooper and philosopher Patricia Churchland. Illustrated. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved