A Vision Of The Brain

By Semir Zeki

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"A revolutionary book in which the author takes us on a journey through time and the microscope to discover how the most complex organ in the universe - the human brain - works. On this fascinating journey through past, present and future research, the reader discovers how it is that the world we experience is 'designed' from within by the cerebral cortex. Gradually we are led to realize that the universe we know and experience is indeed the product of our brains rather than merely the world outside us. This superb piece of science writing will overturn our ideas of how we acquire our knowledge of the external world."

Reviews of A Vision Of The Brain

'A milestone in scientific literature.' H. Korn, European Review

'One of the most invigorating explications of neuroscience that I have come across in the last twenty-five years...I suspect it will be one of the major classics in biological literature.' Jonathan Miller

'...forcefully written...outstanding.' Peter O. Bishop, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Medicine

'Beautifully written...many readers -scientists, philosophers and, not least, artists- will find food for thought in this immensely rich book.' Oliver Sacks

'A remarkable book...I could hardly put it down as the story unfolded.' Richard Morris

'It is at once great read and an introduction to the neurologial underpinnings of visual perception' Erik Kandel

'...shows how powerful ideas can blind as well as lead us to reality...important reading' Pat Goldman-Rakic, Nature

'Required reading.' Horace Barlow, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'[Zeki] writes elegantly and lovingly about vision and the brain and how the brain constructs our consciousness of the world.' Brain Work

'Profoundly interesting.' Richard Gregory, The Times Literary Supplement

'Has become a classic introduction to vision and the brain sciences.' Israel Rosenfield, The New York Review of Books

Latest news - lectures

  • Future engagement: 9-12 July 2018
    Lecture: The Neurobiology of Beauty at the Franklin-Wilkins Building, King's College London as part of the XII International Symposium of Functional Neuroreceptor Mapping of the Living Brain
  • Future engagement: 15-16 November 2018
    Lecture: The Neurobiology of Beauty as part of the Fresco Conference on Synaptic Plasticity, Florence, Italy
  • Future engagement: 7 December 2018
    Lecture: The Neurobiology of Aesthetic Experiences and Judgement at the Salpetriere Hospital, Paris for the French Society of Neurology
  • Future engagement: 8-14 April 2019
    Semir Zeki will give a public lecture at the National Geographic Science Festival in Rome (April 8-14, 2019). The Festival will coincide with the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci and the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon. Exact title, date and venue to be announced.

Latest news - publications

  • Recently appeared: The Rough Seas of Cortical Cartography by Semir Zeki is now available in Trends in Neurosciences
  • Recently appeared: The Bayesian-Laplacian Brain Semir Zeki, Oliver Y. Chèn bioRXiv
  • Recently appeared: Imaging the passionate stage of romantic love by dopamine dynamics by Kayo Takahashi, Kei Mizuno, Akihiro T Sasaki, Yasuhiro Wada, Masaaki Tanaka, Akira Ishii, Kanakao Tajima, Naohiro Tsuyuguchi, Kyosuke Watanabe, Semir Zeki and Yasuyoshi Watanabe is now available in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Recently appeared: A special issue of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, edited by Semir Zeki, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the birth of this, the first peer-reviewed journal, is now online. It is entitled "Cerebral Cartography: a vision of its future" and contains, among other articles, ones giving detailed descriptions of the American, European and Japanese brain initiative programmes.
  • Now available: Semir Zeki's first book, A Vision of the Brain, can be downloaded here.
  • Now available: Splendors and Miseries of the Brain is now available in Greek and Polish (also available in Spanish, Italian and German).
  • Now available: Inner Vision by Semir Zeki.