Miguel Nicolelis, M.D. Ph.D., is the Anne W. Deane Professor of Neuroscience at Duke University and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. He is the author of Beyond Boundaries. His award-winning research has been published in Nature, Science, and other leading scientific journals, as well as in Scientific American, which named him one of the twenty most influential scientists in the world. A member of the French and Brazilian academies of sciences, he lives in North Carolina.
Where are you from?
Originally from Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.
Who are your favorite writers?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Amado, Miguel Asturias, Machado de Assis, Carl Sagan, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins,
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Cosmos, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History, One Hundred Years of Solitude
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Using science as an agent of social transformation; science education, classical music, literature, astronomy, Brazilian soccer
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Just go for it! The impossible is simply something that nobody put enough effort into to conquer.
What is your favorite quote?
"I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places."-Mark Twain
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: What did Aurora feel when she used her brain activity to control directly the movements of a robot arm?A: She did not answer me when I asked her.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My grandmother. She gave me the single best piece of advice I have ever gotten!
Where do you write?
All over the world, in airports, planes, restaurants, and even, believe it or not, during bad soccer matches, using my beloved BlackBerry.