Nobel laureate Leon Cooper, a modest, funny man, had too much to drink at a black-tie event, one of many he had attended to celebrate progress in brain research. He couldn't find his coat-check ticket. I tried to lighten the situation by saying that he was thinking great thoughts.
"Nice words," he said. "I'm just plastered."
Well, Leon Cooper often had great thoughts and he expressed them eloquently. In this article from Dana Sourcebook of Brain Science, Dr. Cooper shows the immense value of progress in understanding the brain benefits families and the economy.