Illuminating the Brain’s ‘Utter Darkness’
A new biography considers the peculiar life of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, whose discovery that nerve cells are individual completely overthrew the existing theory of the brain.
The Brain in Search of Itself: Santiago Ramón y Cajal and the Story of the Neuron
by Benjamin Ehrlich
Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life
by Timothy J. Jorgensen
February 9, 2023 issue