The Life of Rita Levi-Montalcini

The death of neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini is now somewhat old news, but I want to write about her because she was an inspirational badass. Here’s a summary of why she was a badass: 1) She was still doing neuroscience research at age 100. 2) She started doing neuroscience research before WWII, when there were very […]

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Ancient Greek Philosophy and the Birth of Neuroscience

We recognize today that of all ancient civilizations, the Greeks were the most advanced in mathematics, engineering, and astronomy, and that their achievements in these fields went unrivaled until the Renaissance. We know, for example, that Aristarchus proposed a heliocentric model of the solar system and offered a reasonably accurate estimation of the size of the […]

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