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Your Brain: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

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The Missing Credits

About the Author

About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author and programmer extraordinaire. He’s the author of Excel 2007: The Missing Manual, Access 2007: The Missing Manual, Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual, and over a dozen books about programming with the Microsoft .NET Framework. In a dimly remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.

About the Creative Team

Peter Meyers (editor) is the managing editor of O’Reilly Media’s Missing Manual series. He lives with his wife, daughter, and cats in New York City. Email: .

Nellie McKesson(production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and spends her spare time making t-shirts for her friends to wear (mattsaundersbynellie.etsy.com). Email: .

Alison O’Byrne (copy editor) is a freelance editor from Dublin, Ireland. Alison has provided editorial services for corporate and government clients at home and internationally for over six years. Email: . Web: www.alhaus.com.

Julie Hawks (indexer) has degrees in mathematics and library and information science. Much of her spare time is spent reading authors such as David Bohm, Ramana Maharshi, and Sri Nisargadatta as well as dreaming of traveling extensively through India. Email: .

Esther Chung (technical reviewer) is a student of the brain at Wellesley College. She wishes to thank her good friend Shane Warden for his introduction, and Dawn Frausto for all her help during the tech review process.

Timo Hannay (technical reviewer) is a director at Nature Publishing Group, creators of Nature and other scientific journals, as well as a variety of online scientific resources. Among other things, he is the publisher of Nature.com, a co-organiser of Science Foo Camp, and a fluent Japanese speaker. He originally trained as a neurophysiologist at the University of Oxford, and as a biochemist at Imperial College London. Email:.

Jennifer Mangels (technical reviewer) is an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at Baruch College, a senior college of the City University of New York, where she is principle investigator of the Dynamic Learning Lab (www.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty/jmangels). She also serves as Chief Research Officer for Lucid Systems Inc., a new company leveraging neuroscience methods in the domain of market research (www.lucidsystems.com). Because she has so much free time left over, she busies herself playing Balinese gamelan music.

Acknowledgements

This is the part of the book where the author is supposed to tell you that nothing would have ever been accomplished without the contribution of hundreds of impressively credentialed people who did all the real work. Well, allow me to depart from the script, because I could have done everything myself. However, the resulting book would have been short, incoherent, and hand-written on the back side of a paper towel roll. Fortunately, you don’t have to read that book. Instead, you can enjoy a book that’s been cleaned up, illustrated, and reviewed by some very sharp pencils. Best of all, it’s been copied off the paper towels. In other words, if you enjoy your reading experience, you have the following people to thank.

First up are my big-brained reviewers, who contributed helpful insight and plenty of trivia. They include Esther Chung, Jennifer Mangels, and Timo Hannay, whose fascinating tidbit about the birthing practices of the hyena ranks as the most interesting piece of information you won’t get to read about in this book. (You can get the exquisitely painful story at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Hyena.) Curiously, Timo was not the only reviewer to bring up the reproductive life of the hyena while reading this book. This suggests something deep and profound about the connection between cutting-edge neuroscience and randy animals, but I’m at a loss to say exactly what it is.

Second, I thank my editor Peter Meyers, who helped to indulge all my authorly desires (new sidebars, color pictures, fancy figures, you get the picture), and the supremely talented Robert Romano, who created the illustrations for this book. I also owe much gratitude to Akiyoshi Kitaoka, who graciously allowed us to use his rotating snakes illusion (Your Shifty Eyes), Rhon Rorter, who created a few images that were adapted for the figures in this book, Nellie McKesson, who shepherded the book through its final stages, and the many people who worked to get this book formatted, indexed, and printed.

Lastly, I thank my family—particularly my parents, who lost many a neuron in their parenting years, and my wife’s parents, who didn’t fare much better. (In Chapter 10 they can all find out what went wrong.) Finally, I’m eternally grateful for my wife Faria and my daughter Maya, whose brains delight me in quite different ways, and I promise not to hook either of them up to an MRI machine to find out why.

—Matthew MacDonald

The Missing Manual Series

Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters); and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.

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