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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.

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Other books by Oliver Sacks

Everything in Its Place

Everything in Its Place

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

From the bestselling author of On Gratitude and On the Move. In this spirited volume, Oliver Sacks examines the many passions of his own life - both as a doctor engaged with the central questions of human existence, and as a polymath conversant in all the sciences. Why do humans need gardens? How, and when, does a physician tell his patient she has Alzheimer's? What is social media doing to our brains? In several of the compassionate case histories collected here, Sacks considers for the first time the enigmas of depression, psychosis, and schizophrenia, and in others he returns to conditions that have long fascinated him: Tourette's syndrome, ageing, dementia, and hallucinations. In counterpoint to these elegant investigations of what makes us human, this volume also includes pieces that celebrate Sacks's love of the natural world - and his last meditations on life in the twenty-first century. Everything in Its Place gives us an intimate portrait of a master writer and thinker at work.

Everything in Its Place

Everything in Its Place

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Everything in Its Place

Everything in Its Place

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2019

From the bestselling author of Gratitude and On the Move, a final volume of essays that showcase Oliver 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.

The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

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.

Musicophilia

Musicophilia

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

With an introduction by neuroscientist Daniel Glaser. With his trademark compassion and erudition, Dr Oliver Sacks examines the power of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and everyday people. Among them: a surgeon who is struck by lightning and suddenly becomes obsessed with Chopin; people with 'amusia', to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of poets and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds - for everything but music. Dr Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson's disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people who are deeply disoriented by Alzheimer's or schizophrenia. Musicophilia alters our conception of who we are and how we function, and shows us an essential part of what it is to be human.

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.

The River of Consciousness

The River of Consciousness

Author: Oliver Sacks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

In his previous books, Oliver Sacks had addressed questions of the brain and mind through the lens of case histories of individuals with neurological disorders. Recently, however, he had been reflecting on his experiences with such patients in the context of a lifetime of medical practice, and in light of recent neuroscientific evidence and theories. The River of Consciousness will be a broader and more direct look at how the brain and mind work, as always, incorporating Sacks' rich historical and personal context. Advances in neuroscience have revolutionized our ability to visualize the brain in action. For the first time we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world's thinkers since the eighteenth century and the true physiological basis of perception and consciousness. In The River of Consciousness, Sacks will examine questions of memory, time, and consciousness. How do we think, how do we remember? Do different individuals have different speeds or ways of thinking? Is memory reliable? How do the neural correlates of memory differ for true memories and false memories? How do we construct our sense of time, our visual world? What is consciousness, neurologically speaking? And most importantly, what is creativity? Sacks completed the research for this book before he died, and with instructions on how it was to be put together. This is a remarkable culmination of a lifetime's research into the way the brain works.

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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 / softback Release Date: 17/11/2016

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 / softback 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 / softback 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.