The classic problem with books written about the brain is the immense complexity of the subject. Up until Mapping the Mind, the best that readers could hope for was a puzzling armada of medical plates, or a friendly, but equally puzzling, pen and ink sketch and an accompanying himalaya of text.
At last! This difficulty is overcome in Mapping the Mind by accessible, lucid writing, and staggeringly beautiful illustrations, which, as anyone who ever had a brilliant teacher intuitively knows, could only be done by someone who completely understands the subject. The illustrations are simply incredible.
The alienation felt at reading overly mechanical, scientific books on one's own brain is immensely disappointing; after all, the subject matter was our own unexplored mind, in which we invested everything, yet from many a hopeful journey through these books we return as empty handed as we came. The pervading impression is that perhaps the brain is a dull, mechanical confusion after all, in which we were mistaken to be so curious.
But after reading Mapping the Mind, it dawns that the understanding is not beyond grasping, and better, that the subject is now, to one's great relief, as fascinating, beautiful and full of wonder, as we knew it should be. The book is inspiring, a first, and is bound to be of interest to everyone.
Probably the best book ever written on the brain!