What happens inside your head when you are asked "What is the sum of three plus two?" Nathans gives us a fascinating description of all of the events that must occur when you answer this question, from detecting the sounds and decoding their meaning, to calculating the answer, to directing the muscles that control speech. It is an account sure to leave you in awe of the complexity and power of the human brain.
Jeremy Nathans is a Professor in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience, and Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, and Ph.D…. Continue Reading