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In ‘Beautiful Brain,’ the secrets of neurons emerge in Nobel-winning scientist’s ink and pencil drawings

Neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal's depictions of neurons were key components of his science, but they're also works of art, as an exhibit opening Thursday at the MIT Museum makes…

Asking scientists what career they would have pursued if they hadn’t gone into science is a crapshoot: It can either stop the conversation cold or uncork misty-eyed reminiscences about the road not taken. If you’d tried it with Nobel-winning neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal (who lived from 1852-1934), you would likely have been treated to the latter.

As an  on Thursday shows, if his father had not insisted he go to medical school, setting Cajal on a path toward world-changing discoveries about

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