Science in the front row at Stanford

Stanford BookstoreWhile attending a university seminar at Stanford University this week, I had a chance to visit the Stanford Bookstore. With more than 130,000 titles, a cafe, computer repair shop and hundreds of retail products, it's one of the country's largest college bookstores.

Often, when I visit bookstores, I have to trudge to the back of the store to find the the popular-science section, where our books usually are shelved. So I was beyond pleased when I entered the doors of the Stanford Bookstore to see the most prominent book display, right in front of the door: "SCIENCE—NEW & NOTEWORTHY."

Cover of Cerebrum 2007I fed my fascination and excitement by reading the book jackets and noting the array of science books. I must tell you that tucked right next to the best-selling science books was a title that I'm very fond of—our recently released title Cerebrum 2007: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science, edited by my colleague Cynthia Read.

And, because I had such a great day, I'd like to offer a free copy of Cerebrum 2007 to the first 40 readers who send a request to me at

Other science titles at Stanford's bookstore:

Darwin: The Indelible Stamp by James D. Watson, Running Press Book Publishers (hardcover, 2005). The paperback edition will be released on Aug. 27.

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel, W.W. Norton (paperback, March 2007).

The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design by Leonard Susskind, Back Bay Books (paperback, 2006).

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier, Houghton Mifflin (hardcover, May 2007).

— Leticia Barnes

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