Livewired (book)

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Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain
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Cover of the book Livewired by David Eagleman
AuthorDavid Eagleman
LanguageEnglish
SubjectNeuroscience
GenreScience
Published25 August 2020, Pantheon (US), Canongate (UK)
Media typeHardcover, Paperback, Audio book, E-Book
ISBN030790749X
978-0307907493

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain is a non-fiction book by David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at Stanford University.[1] The book explores and extends the phenomenon of brain plasticity, with the term livewired proposed as a term to supersede plastic.

As of late 2020, the book was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. A Kirkus review described the book as "outstanding popular science,"[2] while New Scientist magazine wrote that "Eagleman brings the subject to life in a way I haven’t seen other writers achieve before."[3] Harvard Business Review wrote that Livewired "gets the science right and makes it accessible... completely upending our basic sense of what the brain is in the process."[4] The Wall Street Journal wrote that "since the passing of Isaac Asimov, we haven't had a working scientist like Eagleman, who engages his ideas in such a variety of modes. Livewired reads wonderfully, like what a book would be if it were written by Oliver Sacks and William Gibson, sitting on Carl Sagan's front lawn.”[5]

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