Musicophilia: A Mind for Music — 5 years ago
Oliver Sacks has long been one of my favourite science authors; he weaves together the human and the clinical elements of his case stories with grace. Musicophilia, though, is RIGHT up my street. It combines a number of subjects that I’m interested in: psychology, neurology, language, and music. There are so many interesting stories and concepts from it, like the musician who had a stroke and then lost the ability to percieve music as music, just noise, or theories of how absolute pitch works in the brain. It’s a little short on the human aspect, which was a little disappointing. Overall, though, the combination of music and science really worked for me.