Eric R. Kandel is a University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor at Columbia University and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his studies of learning and memory, he is the author of In Search of Memory, a memoir that won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize; The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, which won the Bruno Kreisky Award in Literature, Austria's highest literary award; and Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures, a book about the New York School of abstract art. He is also the coauthor of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook in the field.
Engaging . . . Kandel's well-constructed narrative smoothly blends historical perspective and first-person accounts with explanations of recent experiments . . . Excellent. --Alan Jasanoff, The New York Times Book Review Kandel is an astute reader and a reflective observer . . . Neuroscience comes alive in Kandel's study through the personal and imaginative ruminations of disordered minds . . . Kandel asks his reader to confront the anecdotal and inexplicable and think hard about what it means. --Stephen T. Casper, Science A lucidly written, accessible and fascinating read. --Eliezer J. Sternberg, The Washington Post Eric Kandel is one of the giants of 20th- and 21st-century neuroscience . . . [The Disordered Mind] is both easy to read and informative . . . I recommend it to behavioral neurologists and neuropsychiatrists, both for their own edification and for seeing what their more intelligent patients are reading. --Howard S. Kirshner, Vanderbilt University Department of Neurology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Highly accessible . . . Kandel's deep compassion for people is also evident, as when he discusses how understanding the biological basis for mental disorders might take them out of the realm of legal culpability. The result of his work is an easily comprehended, meticulous synthesis of current research into the biological grounding of the human mind. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Kandel's clear and straightforward writing makes this informative scientific exploration accessible and compelling. --Library Journal Fascinating stuff ably interpreted by a master. --Kirkus Reviews No doubt neurons will be buzzing as readers contemplate Kandel's thought-provoking book. --Tony Miksanek, Booklist Praise for Eric Kandel [Kandel's discoveries] have truly changed our understanding of brain function. --Citation for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [Eric Kandel is] one of the preeminent neuroscientists in the world. --Sue Halpern, The New York Review of Books