Oliver Wolf Sacks (July 1933 – August 2015) was a renowned British neurologist and author whose books delved into the realms of the human brain and the complexities of the human mind.
His books The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings became beloved classics, offering profound glimpses into the lives of individuals with neurological disorders and the profound impact these conditions have on their sense of self and perception of the world.
Books by Oliver Sacks
Interviews where books by Oliver Sacks were recommended
We think of philosophy as a discipline that interrogates complex dilemmas—the nature of will, right and wrong, human freedom—with logic, reasoned thought and argument. But what do the moments in philosophy that make us stop and look outside ourselves have to teach us? According to Eric Schwitzgebel, philosopher at the University of California Riverside, they can open up worlds of fresh possibility. Here he recommends five books of philosophical wonder.
Studies in Hysteria
by Josef Breuer & Sigmund Freud
Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
by Asti Hustvedt
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
by Oliver Sacks
Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology
by Paul Broks
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
by Stephen Grosz
We still understand very little about the workings of the brain, and yet we dismiss the tricks it can play on us as undeserving of the same sympathy as physical illness. Neurologist and author Suzanne O’Sullivan recommends the best books on psychosomatic illness.
Neurological disorders lead to far more surreal stories than those we find in science fiction, argues University of California neuroscientist Bradley Voytek.
Clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster discusses the stigmas attached to mental health problems, and asks whether, as a society, we are really doing what’s best for our children
How much do we take in of the world around us? You can tell a lot more about your surroundings than you realise, if you only know how and where to look, as the psychologist explains
We still don’t have a complete understanding of the ‘terra incognita’ that is the human brain, says Frederick Lepore—the noted US neurologist and author of Finding Einstein’s Brain—but we’ve made enormous breakthroughs over the past hundred years. Here, he selects five of the best books that detail the development of the strange and delicate study of clinical neuroscience through the eyes of its researchers.
Conventional prose fiction falls short of the mark, says English author Will Self. He tells us about his modernist novel Umbrella, what the real character of London is, and why he can’t stand the Olympics
The Children's Book
by A.S. Byatt
On the Move: A Life
by Oliver Sacks
Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation
by David Huron
Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
by Steven Strogatz
The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived
by Peter C. Whybrow
We live at a time of unprecedented insight into the workings of our own minds. We can use this knowledge to improve both ourselves and humanity, argues the neuroscientist.