Science and the Man Booker Prize

Over at The New Statesman, the neuroscientist Daniel Glaser writes about being the first scientist to judge the Man Booker Prize, the prestigious literary award for the best novel written in English and published in the UK. Glaser reminds us that science is a part of culture, and that scientists are important readers too. He reveals that he chose physical copies of the books—he had to read 156 in all, about one every day—because “your encoding of memory is richer if it’s multisensory.” Richard Flanagan won the prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a story about an Australian doctor, his love affair with his uncle’s wife, and one day in a Japanese slave labor camp in 1943.


(Image credit: The Los Angeles Times website via Alastair Grant/Associated Press)




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Ben Ehrlich

Ben Ehrlich's new book "The Dreams of Santiago Ramón y Cajal" will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Ben is a 2015 Salzburg Global Seminar fellow in Neuroscience and Art.

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