Book cover of The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention by Simon Baron-Cohen
Biological Sciences

The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention

A groundbreaking argument about the link between autism and ingenuity.

Why can humans alone invent? In┬áThe Pattern Seekers, Cambridge University psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen makes a case that autism is as crucial to our creative and cultural history as the mastery of fire. Indeed, Baron-Cohen argues that autistic people have played a key role in human progress for seventy thousand years, from the first tools to the digital revolution. […Learn More]

Book cover for The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience by Matthew Cobb
Biological Sciences

The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience

For thousands of years, thinkers and scientists have tried to understand what the brain does. Yet, despite the astonishing discoveries of science, we still have only the vaguest idea of how the brain works. In The Idea of the Brain, scientist and historian Matthew Cobb traces how our conception of the brain has evolved over the centuries. Although it might seem to be a story of ever-increasing knowledge of biology, Cobb shows how our ideas about the brain have been shaped by each era’s most significant technologies. Today we might think the brain is like a supercomputer. In the past, it has been compared to a telegraph, a telephone exchange, or some kind of hydraulic system. What will we think the brain is like tomorrow, when new technology arises? […Learn More]

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

A bestselling author, neuroscientist, and computer engineer unveils a theory of intelligence that will revolutionize our understanding of the brain and the future of AI.

For all of neuroscience’s advances, we’ve made little progress on its biggest question: How do simple cells in the brain create intelligence? […Learn More]