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Denis Le Bihan

Einstein’s Error Publication date : February 2, 2022

Member of the French Academy of Sciences, Denis Le Bihan is a practicing physician and physicist. Head of research at the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique, he is the founder of NeuroSpin, an ultra-high-field magnetic neuroimaging institute on the CEA Saclay site. His book Le Cerveau de cristal [Looking Inside the Brain] presented the innovative process developed by the author, diffusion MRI, enabling the creation of images of molecular movements in in vivo tissue.

A physician and pioneering physicist in neuroimaging, Denis Le Bihan offers a new theory of the brain that is based on the physics of Einstein and contemporary cosmology.

In a bold way, this book shows how the cosmological constant of the universe – equations (wrongly) rejected by Einstein himself – serves as a point of departure for an analysis of the brain’s social intelligence.

The author returns to the great moments in the history of physics, from the theories of gravity to equations of general and special relativity; he describes the experiments that changed our understanding of the universe and paints a picture of what we know today about its lesser known components, black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. The reader encounters Galileo, Newton, Planck, Lemaître, Maxwell, Lorentz, Poincaré, Hubble, Minkowski, Hawking… We learn how to interpret images captured by the most powerful telescopes, to imagine how a particle accelerator can recreate the conditions of the Big Bang.

Backed by his years exploring the brain using innovative methodologies, Denis Le Bihan guides the reader into the arcana of a complexly-structured organ. Applying theories of relativity to neuroscience offers a novel illumination of the modelization of our social relationships, our relationship to time, our cognitive biases, and the duality that characterizes our perception of reality. The author’s approach opens the door to a revised view of schizophrenia, autism, and other psychiatric disorders.