"Gary Marcus, one of the deepest thinkers in cognitive science, has given us an entertaining and enlightening memoir, filled with insight about music, learning, and the human mind." --Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature.[Guitar Zero] is an easy read and uncovers some interesting facts… If this book had a chorus, it would scream: “There’s still hope!; BBC Focus
"Marcus is one of the smartest psychologists around, a deep thinker and an eloquent writer, and the story he tells is informed by the best science of perception and learning and evolution, talent and effort, genius and frustration and success. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a musician, you simply must read Guitar Zero." --Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works
"Guitar Zero is a refreshing alternation between the nitty-gritty details of learning rock-guitar licks and Mr. Marcus's survey of the relevant scientific literature on learning and the brain. For those who look forward, in "retirement" to honoring the lifelong yearnings they have neglected, Guitar Zero is good news." --Norman Doidge, Wall Street Journal
‘Science and story are woven together with abnormal skill, and fascinating information comes non-stop… With a likeable narrator and beautifully precise writing, this is one of the best science books and best music books you’ll read this year.’ The Word magazine review, August issue
About the Author
Gary Marcus is Professor of Psychology and Director of the New York University Center for Language And Music (CLAM), where he studies evolution, language, and cognitive development. He has written three books about the origins and development of the mind and brain, including The Algebraic Mind, The Birth of the Mind, and Kluge, and is also the editor of The Norton Psychology Reader. His scientific articles have been published in leading journals, such as Science and Nature, and his essays have appeared in Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and many others. He lives in New York City.