Lights, camera, action potential

The Loom has a wonderful photo essay taken from a new book called ‘Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century’.

The photos range from the first ever known drawing of the nervous system, made by 11th century Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham, to the beautiful pictures of the ‘brainbow‘ fluorescent neurons.

Don’t miss the caption below each picture that describes its origin and significance. The photo on the right is genuine human skull with phrenology markings.

Link to Loom photo essay.
Link to details of the book ‘Portraits of the Mind’.

One Comment

  1. Posted October 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    While it’s amazing to think about how far we’ve come since the days of old, it’s even more amazing to realize how much people knew in the past and how much was lost to history.

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