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. Download and start listening now!