September 23, 2008
September 23, 2008
Revised and ExpandedWith the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.” Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music.Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks' latest masterpiece.
Oliver Sacks, the popular neurologist and writer, turns his attention to the fascinating role that music plays in the human brain in this collection of amazing case studies. One man develops a deep love of music after being struck by lightning, eventually teaching himself to play and compose for the piano. Another man, stricken with debilitating amnesia reawakens to the world every few seconds--only music allows him to remain in the moment for any duration of time. In typical Sacks style, the essays in MUSICOPHILIA touch on science, psychology, philosophy, art, and literature with a delightful breadth of knowledge and humanity.
Genre: Psychology, Science, Medical, Music
Sub-Genre: General, Diagnosis, Anatomy + Physiology, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Reference, Life Sciences / Human Anatomy + Physiology, Physiology, Instruction + Study / Theory
- Genre: Science, Medical, Psychology, Music
- Subgenre: Neurology, General, Diagnosis, Anatomy + Physiology, Life Sciences / Human Anatomy + Physiology, Instruction + Study / Theory, Neuropsychology, Physiology, Reference
- Publisher: Vintage Books
- Pages: 425
- Edition: Revised
- Language: English
- Author: Oliver Sacks , Oliver W. Sacks
- Online Item #: 11326520
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-3486
- ISBN: 9781400033539
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported