Champagne for the Blind : Paul Bach-y-Rita, neuroscience's forgotten genius
Author(s)Rutkin, Aviva Hope; Bach-y-Rita, Paul, 1934-
Paul Bach-y-Rita, neuroscience's forgotten genius
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
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Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita was a visionary neuroscientist and an early pioneer of the theory of neuroplasticity. He is the father of sensory substitution, a field which explores how one sensory modality can be transferred to another. This work culminated in the invention of the Brainport, a device that transmits information through electrodes on the tongue. Bach-y- Rita's company, Wicab, developed two versions of the Brainport. One uses visual information to reveal the sighted world to the blind; another uses body alignment information to help "wobblers" (individuals with vestibular conditions) navigate. The author received exclusive access to Bach-y-Rita's unpublished memoirs. These papers-supplemented by visits to Bach-y-Rita's home in Wisconsin and personal interviews with his family and colleagues-help tell the story of a revolutionary technology that failed to reach the public who needed it.
Thesis: S.M. in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2013.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. Vita.Includes bibliographical references (pages 24-29).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduate Program in Science Writing.