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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (92 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry McDermott Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist—malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, and consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain’s memory machine has begun to pay off.

Award-winning journalist Terry McDermott spent nearly two years observing Lynch at work and now gives us a fascinating and dramatic account of daily life in Lynch’s lab—the highs and lows, the drudgery and eureka moments, and the agonizing failures. He provides detailed, lucid explanations of the cutting-edge science that enabled Lynch to reveal the inner workings of the molecular machine that manufactures memory. And he explains where Lynch’s sights are now set: on drugs that could fix that machine when it breaks, drugs that would enhance brain function during the memory process and that hold out the possibility of cures for a wide range of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Here is an essential story of science, scientists, and scientific achievement—galvanizing in the telling and thrilling in its far-reaching implications.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this engrossing book, Terry McDermott doesn’t just teach you how the brain remembers. He also takes you inside the sanctum of science, documenting the failures and triumphs of the experimental process. This is a book about the truth, and the endless human struggle to find it.”

    Jonah Lehrer, New York Times bestselling author of How We Decide

  • “Memory takes on a physical presence in this raucous scientific saga…This is an engrossing story of science and the brilliant, flawed people who make it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Showing considerable narrative skill and more than a dollop of wit, McDermott’s work ultimately looks past Lynch’s oversized ego and shows how one brilliant scientist’s discoveries may someday conquer dementia and Alzheimer’s.”

    Booklist

  • “Terry McDermott’s 101 Theory Drive is a reality show on paper, an inside look at Gary Lynch, the mysterious, Howard Hughes-like neuroscience pioneer, and his quest to uncover the mechanisms of memory, and to find a cure for memory loss. Great reading start to finish.”

    Joseph LeDoux, author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bosley | 1/15/2014

    " Aimless, but ultimately entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Louise | 10/13/2013

    " Was surprised by the low ratings. Really enjoyed McDermott's prose style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally Anne | 3/5/2013

    " Highly recommended book about neurobiology and neurobiochemistry. A little bit too much about personality for my taste, but interesting if you are unclear about the research and drug development fields. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Carrieuoregon | 11/5/2012

    " Just couldn't understand it easily enough to enjoy it. Also quite full of profanity, so, oh well! "

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About the Author
Author Terry McDermott

Terry McDermott’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Wilson Quarterly, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, and Pacific magazine. The author of Perfect Soldiers and 101 Theory Drive, he has worked at eight newspapers for more than thirty years, most recently for ten years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was a national correspondent.