Oliver Sacks - Author

About the Author

Oliver Sacks was born in London and educated in London, Oxford, and California. He practices neurology in New York City, where he is also clinical professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and adjunct professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. Author of such classic works as Awakenings and Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He is a member of the American Fern Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Featured books by Oliver Sacks

Seeing Voices

Seeing Voices

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Imaginative and insightful, Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks offers a way into a world that is, for many people, alien and unfamiliar - for to be profoundly deaf is not just to live in a world of silence, but also to live in a world where the visual is paramount. In this remarkable book, Sacks explores the consequences of this, including the different ways in which the deaf and the hearing impaired learn to categorize their respective worlds - and how they convey and communicate those experiences to others.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2011

In his most extraordinary book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. These are case studies of people who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people or common objects; whose limbs have become alien; who are afflicted and yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. In Dr Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, each tale is a unique and deeply human study of life struggling against incredible adversity. 'Oliver Sacks has become the world's best-known neurologist. His case studies of broken minds offer brilliant insight into the mysteries of consciousness' - Guardian

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Other books by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2022

Celebrating Fifty Years of Picador Books If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self - himself - he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it. In this extraordinary book, Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities, and yet are gifted with unusually acute artistic or mathematical talents. If sometimes beyond our surface comprehension, these brilliant tales illuminate what it means to be human. A provocative exploration of the mysteries of the human mind, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a million-copy bestseller by the twentieth century's greatest neurologist. Part of the Picador Collection, a series showcasing the best of modern literature.

Everything in Its Place

Everything in Its Place

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

From the best-selling author of Gratitude and On the Move, a final volume of essays that showcase Sacks's broad range of interests-from his passion for ferns, swimming, and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer's. Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar. Everything in Its Place is a celebration of Sacks's myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.

Der Strom des Bewusstseins

Der Strom des Bewusstseins

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/11/2017

Hat ein Regenwurm Empfindungen? Wie viele Nervenzellen hat eine Qualle, und wozu dienen sie ihr? Was kann man aus der Beobachtung von Menschen lernen, die an Migrane leiden? Und was passiert in unserem Gehirn, wenn wir uns falsch erinnern?Diese und viele andere Fragen behandelt Oliver Sacks in seinem neuen Buch. Der New Yorker Neurologe ist durch seine Fallgeschichten weltberhmt geworden. Voller Empathie und mit groer Fachkenntnis hat er immer wieder Menschen portrtiert, deren Leben durch eine schwere Krankheit oder Behinderung geprgt wurde - und hat seinen Lesern gezeigt, welche Chancen die Abweichungen vom sogenannten Normalen bieten und welche positiven Besonderheiten die betroffenen Menschen auszeichnen. Als er im Sommer 2015 starb, war gerade seine Autobiographie "e;On the Move"e; erschienen - und wurde weltweit zum Bestseller. Fast bis zum letzten Tag hat er noch an einem Band mit neuen Studien und Fallgeschichten gearbeitet, die von den kreativen Potentialen des menschlichen Gehirns zeugen. Wie entsteht Bewusstsein? Wie funktionieren Gedchtnis und Erinnerung?Dieser Band, den Oliver Sacks' engste Mitarbeiter nun druckfertig gemacht haben, liest sich wie eine Art Vermchtnis des groartigen Autors und Menschenkenners.

River of Consciousness

River of Consciousness

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/10/2017

From the best-selling author of Gratitude, On the Move, and Musicophilia, a collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks's passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience. Oliver Sacks, a scientist and a storyteller, is beloved by readers for the extraordinary neurological case histories (Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars) in which he introduced and explored many now familiar disorders--autism, Tourette's syndrome, face blindness, savant syndrome. He was also a memoirist who wrote with honesty and humor about the remarkable and strange encounters and experiences that shaped him (Uncle Tungsten, On the Move, Gratitude). Sacks, an Oxford-educated polymath, had a deep familiarity not only with literature and medicine but with botany, animal anatomy, chemistry, the history of science, philosophy, and psychology. The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.Read by Dan Woren, with the Dedication and Foreword read by Kate Edgar

The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Two weeks before his death, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee. The bestselling author of On the Move, Musicophilia, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Sacks is known for his illuminating case histories about people living with neurological conditions at the far borderlands of human experience. But his grasp of science was not restricted to neuroscience or medicine; he was fascinated by the issues, ideas, and questions of all the sciences. That wide-ranging expertise and passion informs the perspective of this book, in which he interrogates the nature not only of human experience but of all life. In The River of Consciousness, Dr. Sacks takes on evolution, botany, chemistry, medicine, neuroscience, and the arts, and calls upon his great scientific and creative heroes - above all, Darwin, Freud, and William James. For Sacks, these thinkers were constant companions from an early age; the questions they explored - the meaning of evolution, the roots of creativity, and the nature of consciousness - lie at the heart of science and of this book. The River of Consciousness demonstrates Sacks's unparalleled ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless endeavor to understand what makes us human.

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Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/06/2017

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Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Ebook Release Date: 16/02/2017

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Oliver Sacks: The Last Interview

Oliver Sacks: The Last Interview

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2016

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Der letzte Hippie

Der letzte Hippie

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/08/2016

Der New Yorker Neurologe Oliver Sacks ist durch seine Fallgeschichten weltberuhmt geworden. Voller Empathie und mit groer Fachkenntnis hat er immer wieder Menschen portratiert, deren Leben durch eine schwere Krankheit oder Behinderung gepragt wurde - und hat seinen Lesern gezeigt, welche Chancen die Abweichungen vom sogenannten Normalen bieten und welche positiven Besonderheiten die betroffenen Menschen auszeichnen. Greg F. war ein begabter, musikbegeisterter junger Mann, der die amerikanische Studentenrebellion der sechziger Jahre miterlebte - mitsamt ihren Drogenexperimenten und Hare-Krishna-Eskapaden. Dann warf ihn ein Hirntumor aus der Bahn. Greg erblindete und galt fortan als neurologisch und psychisch schwer behindert - ein sogenannter hoffnungsloser Fall, an den Rollstuhl gefesselt. Oliver Sacks nahm sich des Patienten an und nherte sich ihm in einem langwierigen Prozess, den er in dieser Fallgeschichte einfhlsam beschreibt. Schlielich bringt er Greg zu einem Konzert von dessen einstiger Lieblingsband "e;Grateful Dead"e; in den Madison Square Garden - und die Sinne des Schwerkranken werden auf verblffende Weise neu aktiviert. Eine Geschichte, die unter die Haut geht - und die berraschende Einsichten in die oft rtselhafte Funktionsweise unseres Gehirns bietet.

On the Move

On the Move

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: 'Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far'. It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going . . . From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, as well as with a group of patients who would define his life, it becomes clear that Sacks's earnest desire for engagement has occasioned unexpected encounters and travels - sending him through bars and alleys, over oceans, and across continents. With unbridled honesty and humour, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions -bodybuilding, weightlifting, and swimming - also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual, his guilt over leaving his family to come to America, his bond with his schizophrenic brother, and the writers and scientists - Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick - who influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writer - and of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

Uncle Tungsten

Uncle Tungsten

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy's adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind. Oliver Sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime England. He tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry. There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. 'If you did not think that gallium and iridium could move you, this superb book will change your mind' - The Times

Dankbarkeit

Dankbarkeit

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/12/2015

Das Vermachtnis eines groartigen Autors und Menschenkenners. Oliver Sacks hat mit seinen neurologischen Fallgeschichten Millionen Leser weltweit erreicht und ihr Denken verndert: Was auf den ersten Blick als krank oder abweichend erscheint, ermglicht oft besondere Fhigkeiten der Wahrnehmung und des Fhlens. Und das sogenannte Normale ist meist fragwrdiger, als wir es gern wahrhaben wollen. Am 30. August 2015 starb Oliver Sacks in New York. In seinen letzten Lebensmonaten hat er eine Reihe von Aufstzen geschrieben und verffentlicht, in denen er ber das Altern, ber seine Krankheit, ber den nahenden Tod nachdenkt - und in denen er seine Dankbarkeit ausdrckt fr alles, was er in 82 Jahren erleben durfte. Es sind anrhrende, meditative Texte ber die grundlegenden Fragen von Leben und Tod, Glauben und Wissen. Auch ber seine jdische Herkunft und sein Verhltnis zur Religion legt Oliver Sacks Zeugnis ab. Und er beschreibt, warum die exakten Naturwissenschaften, vor allem das Periodensystem der chemischen Elemente, ihn zeitlebens fasziniert und begeistert haben. Illustriert mit Fotos von Oliver Sacks' Lebensgefhrten Bill Hayes.

Gratitude

Gratitude

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/2015

Oliver Sacks died in August 2015 at his home in Greenwich Village, surrounded by his close friends and family. He was 82. He spent his final days doing what he loved: playing the piano, swimming, enjoying smoked salmon - and writing . . . As Dr Sacks looked back over his long, adventurous life his final thoughts were of gratitude. In a series of remarkable, beautifully written and uplifting meditations, in Gratitude Dr Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived, and expresses his thoughts on growing old, facing terminal cancer and reaching the end. I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and travelled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.

On the Move

On the Move

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/04/2015

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: ';Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.' It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. From its opening pages on his youthful obsession with motorcycles and speed, On the Move is infused with his restless energy. As he recounts his experiences as a young neurologist in the early 1960s, first in California, where he struggled with drug addiction, and then in New York, where he discovered a long-forgotten illness in the back wards of a chronic hospital, we see how his engagement with patients comes to define his life.With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passionsweight lifting and swimmingalso drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientistsThom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crickwho influenced him. On the Move is the story of a brilliantly unconventional physician and writerand of the man who has illuminated the many ways that the brain makes us human.

Hallucinations

Hallucinations

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one's own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. In Hallucinations, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr Oliver Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture's folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.

The Island of the Colour-blind

The Island of the Colour-blind

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

'Sacks is rightly renowned for his empathy . . . anyone with a taste for the exotic will find this beautifully written book highly engaging' - Sunday Times Always fascinated by islands, Oliver Sacks is drawn to the Pacific by reports of the tiny atoll of Pingelap, with its isolated community of islanders born totally colour-blind; and to Guam, where he investigates a puzzling paralysis endemic there for a century. Along the way, he re-encounters the beautiful, primitive island cycad trees - and these become the starting point for a meditation on time and evolution, disease and adaptation, and islands both real and metaphorical in The Island of the Colour-Blind.