A captivating exploration of the science of a skill that is uniquely human- how we walk. And a hymn to its many benefits for our mental and physical health, and for our society.
Shane O'Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity
College Dublin - the University of Dublin. He is Principal
Investigator in, and was Director of the Trinity College Institute
of Neuroscience, one of Europe's leading research centres for
neuroscience. He is also a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and a
Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator.
He is the author of two previous books, Why Torture Doesn't Work- The Neuroscience of Interrogation and A Brain for Business - A Brain for Life. He has also written many scientific papers, as well as for the newspapers and magazines.
He loves to walk wherever and whenever he can, with long urban walks in any walkable city a particular favourite.
"Fascinating ... O'Mara argues [walking] is intimately connected to
our bodies, our brains, and ultimately how we exist as a species" *
The Times *
"In Praise of Walking is both informative and persuasive enough to rouse the most ardent couch potato - perhaps saving humanity before our lifestyle consumes our brains completely" * New Scientist *
"Convincing and compelling ... In Praise of Walking is peppered with insights about everything from 19th-century poets and flaneurs to modern-day experiments with subjects playing video games in fMRI scanners" * Sunday Times *
"Walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier ... [O'Mara] knows this not only through personal experience, but from cold, hard data" * Observer *
"Full of insights... an accessible and thought-provoking discussion of walking as a key to human success" * Gina Rippon, author of The Gendered Brain *
"A book that will leave you itching to go out for a good old-fashioned stroll" * Mail on Sunday *
"A fascinating new book that examines the multitudinous benefits of this form of locomotion" * Harper's Bazaar *
"Like a poem to walking... [and] the science that might help convince planners to prioritise walking as a means of getting around" * UK Press Syndication *
"Forget apples. A walk a day really will keep the doctor away" * Evening Standard *
"[In Praise of Walking] it provides an antidote to the many miseries that can accumulate because of our modern, sedentary lifestyle" * Simple Things *