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In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, by Eric Kandel
This is an engaging and inspiring scientific autobiography. Kandel
chose a deep and complex problem to study, the physical basis of
memory formation, linked in the book to his vivid childhood memories of
Nazi-occupied Vienna. He then spent decades studying it in the
simplest possible organism, a sea slug, and eventually teased out
various ways in which memory formation results in physiological
changes in nerve cells and connections. Interestingly, one of them has
to do with prions that act as a bistable latch.