NOGA ARIKHA, historian of ideas, is particularly interested in the relation between mind and body, and in tracing the genealogy of the concepts that pertain to it. She is the author ofPassions and Tempers: A History of the Humours and co-author (with Marcello Simonetta) of Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power.
Though Arikha began her studies by focusing on early modern Europe, her interests encompass a wide range of periods and cultures, and her work straddles a multiplicity of disciplines, from philosophy, the cognitive and mind sciences, and anthropology, to the histories of science, psychology, medicine, art, and food.
Arikha endeavours to bridge the divide between the "two cultures" - the sciences and the humanities - and to bring to a general audience accessible accounts that analyse the origins of our deepest concerns about our embodied selves. She is currently at work on a book entitlled Never Mind the Brain: The Conversations of a Humanist and a Scientist, with Anand Viswanathan, neurologist at Mass General Hospital.