E. カンデル 記憶の探究
Preface from In Search of Memory by Eric Kandel, a Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine. This is an autobiography, but is also an introduction to cellular and molecular biology pertaining to how information is stored in our brain. Surprisingly easy to comprehend, considering the complexity of the science involved. A well-written, intellectually stimulating book. It seems the book hasn't been translated into Japanese yet. It's our loss, but you can always go to the original! If you have a Kindle, or a Kindle app for mobile phone, you can get the book for just $11 or so.
I need to say a few words of praise for Kindle here. For those who want to practice reading English text aloud, a combination of Kindle and Gutenberg project is a godsend. You can download loads of copyright-free material from the Gutenberg site in Kindle format onto your PC, and then copy it to your Kindle via a USB connection. Most of the text I've recorded recently for this site have been obtained this way, and Kindle makes it easy to read aloud while operating a recording device. Turning a page of a physical book takes two hands, while with Kindle you can do it with the slightest movement of a finger! An additional bonus is that the character size can be changed at will. Of course you can purchase more recent stuff, too, but don't put too much hope on that; a lot of new books of interest aren't available on Kindle if you reside outside the U.S. The real boon, at least for the likes of me, is the sheer wealth of free stuff that is available online for Kindle.