A new installation at The Franklin Institute in
Philadelphia displays what happens in your brain—while you’re looking at it. The project comes from Greg Dunn and
Brian Edwards, a neuroscientist and a physicist by training.
The idea behind the team’s new work, Self Reflected, is to
foster an appreciation for the incredible complexity of the human brain. “You
can read in a magazine or a textbook that the brain has 86 billion neurons in
it, but it’s just totally meaningless,” says Dunn. He and Edwards confronted
that scale head-on, hand-designing and painting five to ten versions of each
kind of neuron that appeared in a single representative brain slice—150
cell types in all.
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