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I am looking to study neuroscience in the near future and have always been interested in the inner workings of the mysterious brain. So I read this to broaden my knowledge, and it definitely did that! The book starts with some basic knowledge of how the brain works, so for any novice looking to learn it is really accessible. But occasionally I did have to read over sections, but just because it was so new to me. I can imagine though if you already know your stuff about the brain then you could easily skip this bit over and get to the interesting case studies.
The book is based around the patients and research of neuroscientist V.S Ramachandran. So you come across stories which boggle the mind, such as the condition the book is named after: phantom limbs. Which basically experienced by people who loose a limb in life, and still experience the sensation of the missing limb, for reasons which are described in the book. Some of the stories in the book are funny, sad, but always fascinating!
Also, throughout there is little activities which you can do yourself, such as optical illusions, the showing of blind spots etc. Some are things you come across everyday which you don't even realise you do! All are explained fully and gives a bit of a break between the quite brain teasing bits!
Admittedly I am quite a clumsy person and so can say that my Canon IXUS 80 IS has been through a lot over the last three years, such as many festivals, gigs, beach holidays and many occasions where I have dropped it... but it has made it! So is an unbelievably reliable camera!
It is also really user friendly, as you learn to use it within minutes and changing the many useful settings is simple. The settings can be changed for many occasions, such as a night setting and a potrait setting, where it captures faces excellently. Another feature is the editing, where you can change colours of the picture, make the pictures more vivid or neutral, cropping etc. Although limited in its editing I don't think it is essential, as much can be done after on a computer and who needs editing when a you've already produced such a great picture?
The camera is also really small, light weight and attractive, so you can take it anywhere as it can even fit in most pockets. But this does not mean the screen is small, it is a good size, with easy to use and clearly set out buttons.
The video setting is also surprisingly good too, it gives a clear picture and keeps up with the movement of the camera, with really excellent audio as well.