Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 23rd 2008
Pages no: 391
Edition language: English
Probably my favourite of the many Oliver Sacks' books I've read throughout the years. Sacks is always fascinating, but in this book he is even more passionate and more personal than usual and as a result my usual Sacks afterglow (for some reason his books always leave me ridiculously happy and hopef...
That is why I would give this a four to four and a half stars, not five. Still, it is a very interesting areas to read and study. Book on music. Not about music itself but on how human experience music. As usual, this is a good read. A woman who was a musician all her life is losing this power i...
Look, [a:Sacks|843200|Oliver Sacks|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1222681187p2/843200.jpg] is a great writer with a huge pool of research and interesting anecdotes to impart.My problem is that I don't understand what the consequence of these anecdotes is, beyond my own amusement. For t...
Very interesting anecdotes and well written stories. The book unfortunately lacks a scientific gravity because there is no meaning or context given to the anecdotes. Feels more like a collection of random memories than a well structured book on music and the brain.
A bundle of case studies, well-written and readable for both the fan of music and the scientist.What is it that makes us love music so much? Is music a 100% cultural thing or is it something more primal? This book doesn't quite give answers to this, but at the same time it gives you food for thought...