The Age of Insight
The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present
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Eric Kandel is one of the most influential figures in modern neuroscience. In 2000, he won the Nobel Prize for his work on the substrate of long-term memory, helping outline the short list of chemicals that allow our recollections to persist.
But Kandel is not just an important scientist — he's also a relentlessly curious public intellectual, as likely to lecture on Egon Schiele as he is on kinase enzymes. His family fled Vienna in the dark days before the Second World War, but Kandel