by Raymond Tallis - £12.99 Atlantic Books (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781843546702 | ISBN 10: 1843546701
The Kingdom of Infinite Space is a journey around the part of our anatomy to which we feel most attached: our heads. In this unique combination of biological science and philosophical interrogation, Raymond Tallis takes the head apart, piece by piece, in search of the place where our souls, and consciousness, reside.
Raymond Tallis was Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester until 2006. Poet, novelist and philosopher, he was listed by the Independent in 2007 as one of fifty 'Brains of Britain', and in 2005 Prospect magazine named him as one of Britain’s hundred leading Public Intellectuals. The Raymond Tallis Reader was published in 2000 by Palgrave Macmillan, and his most recent book, Hippocratic Oaths, was published in 2004 by Atlantic Books.
"[This book] gets the reader to think afresh about everyday experiences such as staring in the mirror, vision, breathing, speaking, hearing, face recognition, laughter, tickling, yawning, sweating, eating, spitting, smoking, vomiting, ageing, sex and death. The pages burst with an entertaining mixture of intriguing facts and thought-provoking observations."
(Andrew Robinson, New Scientist )
"Fascinating… A wonderful treasury of stupefying facts, a sort of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not compendium of the extra-ordinary processes that go on inside our fragile skulls… This is a wonderful book, full of passages to make the reader stop and stare, if only in the mirror."
(Michael Simkins, Mail on Sunday )
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