River of Consciousness

Innbundet / 2017 / Engelsk

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9781447263647
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2017
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Engelsk
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467 gr
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161 mm
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River of Consciousness

Innbundet / 2017 / Engelsk
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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The River of Consciousness is a remarkable culmination of a lifetime's research into the way the brain works by the celebrated late neurologist Oliver Sacks.
Reading a book published after its authors death, especially if he is as prodigiously alive on every page as Oliver Sacks, as curious, avid and thrillingly fluent, brings both the joy of hearing from him again, and the regret of knowing it will likely be the last time . . . [The] combination of wonder, passion and gratitude never seemed to flag in Sacks's life; everything he wrote was lit with it. But it was his openness to new ideas and experiences, and his vision of change as the most human of biological processes that synthesized all of his work -- Nicole Krauss * The New York Times Book Review *Millions of Sacks's books have been printed around the world, and he once spoke of receiving 200 letters a week from admirers. For those thousands of correspondents, The River of Consciousness will feel like a reprieve - we get to spend time again with Sacks the botanist, the historian of science, the marine biologist and, of course, the neurologist * Guardian *An incisive and generous inquiry into human nature * Elle *[Sacks's] accumulated wisdom of our experience of time and consciousness makes a marvellous discrete series of meditations - and a profoundly moving one, since several of these pieces were written with the knowledge that his experience of both mysteries was soon coming to an end -- Tim Adams * Observer *Compelling . . . Sacks invites readers into his mind where they can experience the world from his unusually insightful perspective * Science News Magazine *A fascinating book * Daily Telegraph *Sacks continues in this latest collection to focus on questions over answers; the result is a work that leaves plenty of room for possibility beyond what might be immediately observed . . . Intellectually, Sacks is, at heart, a philosopher * New York Magazine *A writer of eloquence, he was always ready to see his medical specialist in reaction to the world and humanity . . . His greatest reverence is for the human mind * The Tablet *True to its title, the book is dictated by a flood of mental energy, thus it is more than mere sentimentality to say that, more than two years after his death, Sacks's spirit still courses through us. Long may it flow * The Globe and Mail *Reveals Sacks as a gleeful polymath and an inveterate seeker of meaning in the mold of Darwin and his other scientific heroes Sigmund Freud and William James . . . As this volume reminds us, in losing Sacks we lost a gifted and generous storyteller * Wall Street Journal *A joy to read: a delicious supply of information and commentary organized by a gifted writer of a curious and humane intelligence * The Washington Times *Fans of the late neurologist have another chance to enjoy this erudite, compassionate storyteller, essayist, and memoirist . . . This collection of 10 essays, some of which appeared previously in The New York Review of Books, was assembled by three colleagues from an outline provided by Sacks two weeks before his death in 2015 . . . A collection of dissimilar pieces that reveal the scope of the author's interests-sometimes challenging, always rewarding * Kirkus Reviews *Brilliant, beautiful, and funny . . . Sacks was one of the finest science writers - well read, scientifically exact and literary . . . This collection meets the standard of his previous work . . . Sacks's love of the natural world as well as the human one is contagious. The breadth of his interests encourages his readers to expand their own horizons . . . His curiosity and erudition, and his joy in both intellectual and physical life are in full bloom on these pages * Shelf Awareness *
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The River of Consciousness is a remarkable culmination of a lifetime's research into the way the brain works by the celebrated late neurologist Oliver Sacks.
Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings.Dr Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as 'the poet laureate of medicine', and over the years he received many awards, including honours from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.For more information, please visit www.oliversacks.com.
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ISBN13
9781447263647
Publisert
2017
Utgiver
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Picador
Aldersnivå
01, G
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
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Product format
Innbundet
Sider
256
Vekt
467 gr
Høyde
241 mm
Bredde
161 mm
Tykkelse
25 mm
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