How does a man without any formal training in biology become one of the world’s leading researchers in neuroscience? Easy. He teaches himself. Neurobiology was in its infant stages in the late 1960s, and with a Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University, Gary Lynch was given a lab at UC Irvine to work in, where he essentially made everything up as he went along. With the help of his lab staff, he created his own research methods and equipment. Terry McDermott takes readers into the 40-plus years Lynch has spent locked in his lab, describing in immense detail the biology behind Lynch’s discoveries as he attempts to prove how the brain creates and preserves memories, with many rat casualties along the way. The story comes across as half biography, half textbook. For people without some background knowledge in biology, it may be hard to process, but then that really puts you directly in Lynch’s shoes.