Writers & Company

The warm and wonderful Humanist Neurologist, Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks described himself as an observer, describer, naturalist and novelist. He was all that, and much, much more. Oliver Sacks died on August 30th at the age of 82.
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Eleanor spoke with Oliver Sacks four times over the years, and he was always remarkably warm and engaging. In 2001 they spoke about his book, Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood.
Oliver Sacks died earlier this week at the age of 82.

"I especially loved prime numbers because because they were indivisible. and and they couldn't be broken down, and I felt I was being broken down all the while." - Oliver Sacks talking about the lasting effects of having been evacuated as a child during WWII

​​​M​usic to close the Oliver Sacks Interview:
PERFORMER:  Alicia de Larrocha
COMPOSER: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
CUT 11 : "Sonata K284: Rondeau"
LABEL: RCA 60709 

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood is published in paperback by Knopf.

This interview aired originally 11 November 2001.