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Rebel genius : Warren S. McCulloch's transdisciplinary life in science
Abraham, Tara H
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016]
The student of science, medicine, and philosophy -- The neurophysiologist -- The egalitarian mentor -- The neuropsychiatrist -- The cybernetician -- The engineer -- Epilogue.

"The book is a scientific biography of American neurophysiologist and cybernetician Warren S. McCulloch, one that places his life and work in historical context. By focusing on the various identities that he assumed throughout his life's major work--the study of the brain and mind--the book examines the intermingling of McCulloch's professional and personal worlds, and by doing so provides a much-needed contribution to the history of American brain research in the twentieth century. The book complicates standard accounts of McCulloch by examining his activities outside the scope of cybernetics, demonstrating that McCulloch performed several other identities in addition to his role as a cybernetician: student, neurophysiologist, neuropsychiatrist, mentor, and engineer. The book argues that one of McCulloch's lasting achievements was to free the study of the brain from the purview of medicine--both institutionally and in terms of scientific practice. Overall, McCulloch's work facilitated the emergence of the brain as a new kind of scientific object, one with stronger ties to philosophy, biology, physics, psychology, and engineering"--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry QP353.4.M33 A27 2016

Cognitive neuroscience : a very short introduction
Passingham, R. E., 1943- author
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016
Baker Berry QP360.5 .P36 2016

Blood : a very short introduction
Cooper, Chris author
New York, NY Oxford University Press, 2016
Matthews Fuller QP91 .C68 2016

The undoing project : a friendship that changed our minds
Lewis, Michael author
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Introduction: The problem that never goes away -- Man boobs -- The outsider -- The insider -- Errors -- The collision -- The mind's rules -- The rules of prediction -- Going viral -- Birth of the warrior psychologist -- The isolation effect -- The rules of undoing -- This cloud of possibility -- Coda: Bora-Bora.

Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made much of Michael Lewis's own work possible. Kahneman and Tversky are more responsible than anybody for the powerful trend to mistrust human intuition and defer to algorithms. The Undoing Project is about a collaboration between two men who became heroes in the university and on the battlefield -- both had important careers in the Israeli military -- and whose research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They worked together so closely that they couldn't remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter. This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind's view of its own mind.
Baker Berry QP360.5 .L49 2017

Deep life : the hunt for the hidden biology of Earth, Mars, and beyond
Onstott, T. C. author
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]
Triassic park -- The treasure of Cerro Negro -- Bikers, bombs, and the death-o-meter -- Microbes in meteorites? -- Life in deepest, darkest Africa -- Hunting for water and carbon -- The subterranauts -- A lot of breaks and one lucky strike -- Life beneath the ice -- The worm from hell -- Appendix A: Chronology of the exploration of subsurface life -- Appendix B: Chronology of the meeting of the U.S. DOE's SSP meetings.

Deep Life takes readers to uncharted regions deep beneath Earth's crust in search of life in extreme environments and reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists are helping the quest to find life in the solar system. Geoscientist Tullis Onstott provides an insider's look at the pioneering fieldwork that is shining vital new light on Earth's hidden biology--a thriving subterranean biosphere that scientists once thought to be impossible. Come along on epic descents two miles underground into South African gold mines to experience the challenges that Onstott and his team had to overcome. Join them in their search for microbes in the ancient seabed below the desert floor in the American Southwest, and travel deep beneath the frozen wastelands of the Arctic tundra to discover life as it could exist on Mars. Blending cutting-edge science with thrilling scientific adventure, Deep Life features rare and unusual encounters with exotic life forms, including a bacterium living off radiation and a hermaphroditic troglodytic worm that has changed our understanding of how complex subsurface life can really be. This unforgettable book takes you to the absolute limits of life--the biotic fringe--where today's scientists hope to discover the very origins of life itself.--Dust jacket.
Kresge Popular Science QP82 .O57 2017

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