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Author
Oliver Sacks.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover, First Edition, Signed Bookplate
ISBN 9780307272089
Pages/Publication Date 263/2010
Daedalus Item Code 09315
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(NYTBR Notable Book of 2010)

(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) In this latest exploration from the neurologist who penned Musicophilia, Seeing Voices, and Awakenings, Oliver Sacks introduces us to people who have re-learned to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what might seem indispensable senses and abilities. Lilian, for example, is a concert pianist who becomes unable to read music and is eventually unable even to recognize everyday objects; Sue, a neurobiologist, saw with only one eye at a time until she suddenly acquired 3-D vision in midlife (she tells her own story in Fixing My Gaze, Daedalus item #02896). And there is Pat, who, following a stroke, becomes an energized, active member of her community despite the fact that she cannot utter a sentence. Sacks explores some very strange paradoxes—people who can see perfectly well but cannot recognize their own children, and blind people who become hyper-visual or who navigate by "tongue vision"—while considering such fundamental questions as: How do we see? How do we think? How important is internal imagery, or vision, for that matter? And why is it that, although writing is only 5,000 years old, humans have a seemingly innate potential for reading? Daedalus is offering this first edition with a signed bookplate.

 
 
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