Canongate bags 'mind-blowing' book from neuroscientist Eagleman

Canongate bags 'mind-blowing' book from neuroscientist Eagleman

Canongate has bagged a book on the brain to “blow your mind” by neuroscientist David Eagleman.

Editorial director Simon Thorogood acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Livewired from the Wylie Agency.

The synopsis explains: “How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue or a deaf person learn to hear with his skin? What does a baby born without a nose tell us about our sensory machinery? Might we someday control a robot with our thoughts? And what does any of this have to do with why we dream at night? The answers to these questions are not right in front of our eyes; they’re right behind our eyes.

"This book is not simply about what the brain is, but what it does. Covering decades of research to the present day, Livewired also presents new findings from Eagleman’s own research, including his new wearable neurotech devices that revolutionise how we think about the senses."

Eagleman is a neuroscientist and internationally bestselling author who teaches at Stanford University. He is also the creator and host of the Emmy-nominated BBC television series "The Brain".

He said: "The most stunning thing about the brain is that it is neither hardware nor software. Instead, its massive forests of cells are always changing. To capture that notion, I call it liveware. This book is my paean to this remarkable technology which sits atop our shoulders, and an exploration of how we are shaped by the world around us."

Thorogood added: "We are thrilled to be publishing this major new book from David Eagleman. David is both a master populariser of science and a scientist working at the cutting edge of neuroscience research. Both skills are once again on display in this new book. It has become a trademark of Eagleman’s to write books about the brain that blow your mind, and he has done it again in Livewired."