November 4, 2010

On the generosity of nature.

[We note that the lecture begins with a joke: " It is not a lecture about one scientiļ¬c journal paying respects to another..."]

I am neither a Gaiaist nor an animist, but, like Brenner, I am grateful for the generosity of nature, for had she not given us abundant atomic nuclei with magnetic moments, and hemoglobin with oxygenation-dependent magnetic susceptibility, we would not be able to use magnetic resonance imaging to view the brain in action.

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