Edward Ziff and Israel Rosenfield’s most recent book is DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule That Shook the World. They are completing a book about the brain. (June 2012)

The Secret of Good Taste

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880–1881
The worlds we see, hear, feel, smell, and taste exist independently, but we know them only through the fabrications of our brains. The colors we see do not exist apart from our perception of them. The words and sentences we believe we are hearing are a jumble of sounds, whistles, …

How the Mind Works: Revelations

Jean-Pierre Changeux is France’s most famous neuroscientist. Though less well known in the United States, he has directed a famous laboratory at the Pasteur Institute for more than thirty years, taught as a professor at the Collège de France, and written a number of works exploring “the neurobiology of meaning.” …

Evolving Evolution

Despite much recent controversy about the theory of evolution, major changes in our understanding of evolution over the past twenty years have gone virtually unnoticed.[^1] At the heart of Darwin’s theory of evolution is an explanation of how plants and animals evolved from earlier forms of life that have long …