Issue 13 / 1999

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13 / The Brain: A Nonfiction Mystery

"The true source of all art and science"

“Nonfiction mystery” is an apt way of describing this issue and the themes surrounding the brain itself: memory, behavior, the creative process, intelligence, and perspective. No matter how much time, effort, or resources we invest in attempting to understand the brain and how it works, it remains elusive and daunting, which is perhaps why it has become the object of such attention. As has been aptly observed in one of these essays, it was Albert Einstein who noted: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the true source of all art and science.”

This issue explores attempts to live normally with damaged brains, by Marilyn A. Gleman and Floyd Skloot, and with brains affected by drugs, by Megan Foss and Greg Bottoms. All are dramatic and tough illustrations of the complications that interfere with life when the brain is affected even slightly and subtly. Three scientists are also represented in this issue: Ronald Pies and David Goldblatt, both physicians, and James Glanz, a writer for Science.

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