Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Larry Swanson, Eric Newman, Alfonso Araque


Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), the father of modern neuroscience and a Nobel laureate, was an exceptional artist. He devoted his life to the anatomy of the brain, the body’s most complex and mysterious organ. His superhuman feats of visualisation, based on fanatically precise techniques and countless hours at the microscope, resulted in some of the most remarkable illustrations in the history of science. Beautiful Brain presents a selection of his exquisite drawings of brain cells, brain regions and neural circuits with accessible descriptive commentary. An art book at the crossroads of art and science, Beautiful Brain describes Cajal’s contributions to neuroscience, explores his artistic roots and achievement and looks at his work in relation to contemporary neuroscience imaging techniques.

Creator Bio

Javier DeFelipe, author of Cajal’s Butterflies of the Soul (2009), is a neuroscientist at the Instituto Cajal, Madrid. Larry W. Swanson of the University of Southern California is the author of Brain Architecture (2012) and a past President of the Society for Neuroscience.
Eric A. Newman, Alfonso Araque and Janet Dubinsky are distinguished neuroscientists at the University of Minnesota.

Price £28.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 17 January 2017
Pages 208
Height 282mm
Width 266mm
Illustrations 90 colour illustrations
ISBN-13 9781419722271