STANDALONE: This is Eagleman’s first standalone book (excluding the TV tie-in The Brain) in a decade.
UNUSUAL REACH: Eagleman straddles the science and tech worlds—he’s known both to scientists and entrepreneurs, and his ability to communicate ideas is first-rate. His work has had a remarkably wide-ranging impact. All of his previous books continue to sell strongly, and with this new book we have an opportunity to highlight his unique position within the world of neuroscience.
AUDIENCE: Readers of Yuval Harari, Stephen Pinker and Timothy Ferris.
“In Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain, Eagleman tackles this topic with fresh élan and rigour…. In a refreshing counterpoint to the biology-is-destiny drumbeat, Eagleman embarks on a lively tour of how we can transform our brains by exercising our own agency…. A vital addition to the pop-neuroscience canon.” —Undark
“Masterful… Outstanding popular science.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Vivid… Since the passing of Isaac Asimov, we haven’t had a working scientist like Mr. 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.”—Wall Street Journal
“Delivers an intellectually exhilarating look at neuroplasticity…Eagleman’s skill as teacher, bold vision, and command of current research will make this superb work a curious reader’s delight.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
“There is much to extract from this fascinating work, that is recommended for readers interested in neuroscience, technology, and the intersection of the two.”—Library Journal (starred)
“David Eagleman, the Jolly Sherlock Holmes of neuroscience, makes me believe that the universe of possibility required to create utopia is already housed in each of our brains. His knowledge and enthusiasm are intoxicating. His book demonstrates the principle about which he is writing; my mind has been changed by his words.”—Russell Brand, Comedian & Activist
“Eagleman brings the subject to life in a way I haven’t seen other writers achieve before.”—Clare Wilson, New Scientist
”The pages of Livewired are chockfull of mind bending ideas and dazzling insights. Eagleman’s infectious enthusiasm, his use of fascinating anecdotes, and his clear, effortless prose render the secrets of the brain’s adaptability into a truly compelling page-turner. Livewired is a fun and whirlwind exploration of the most complex thing in the universe.“—Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
”An altogether fascinating tour of the astonishing plasticity and interconnectedness inside the cranial cradle of all of our experience of reality, animated by Eagleman’s erudite enthusiasm for his subject, aglow with the ecstasy of sensemaking that comes when the seemingly unconnected snaps into a consummate totality of understanding."—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings