Neuron Puzzle
Explore inside a neuron with this colorful wooden puzzle featuring art by scientist David S. Goodsell. The Neuron Puzzle features large cellular regions which are subdivided into three different organic puzzle cut styles: maze, coral or matrix. Eight neuron shaped whimsy pieces are hidden within the puzzle. For an extra challenge, try to connect the neuron pieces into an alternate solution.

The watercolor painting depicts a cross-section of a brain cell's axon. The axon is the portion of a neuron that carries electrical impulses to other cells. Artist and scientist David Goodsell uses watercolor to beautifully illustrate the unseen complexities of microscopic biological machinery. His work uses information from atomic structure analysis, electron microscopy, and biochemical analysis to make these illustrations as accurate as possible. A detailed description of all the proteins and structures depicted in the image can be found here.

Credit: Illustration by David S. Goodsell, RCSB Protein Data Bank. doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-030

The puzzle contains 8 neuron whimsies and our signature brain piece. There is an alternative puzzle solution that can be created with the neurons.

  • Contains 473 pieces, 14 x 10.5"
  • Digitally painted on 4mm maple plywood
  • Laser cut in Palenville, NY

made with math, science, + lasers
Since 2011, we've been crafting plywood puzzles that combine the artistry of classic jigsaws with the possibilities of new technology. We use custom software inspired by natural patterns to grow the intertwining shapes of the puzzle pieces. The organic forms are cut from plywood by a laser, resulting in a uniquely challenging puzzle crafted from premium materials. Each puzzle is made by us at our studio in the Catskill Mountains.

Check our other Goodsell puzzle of a Mycoplasma bacterium

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