Diario de Oaxaca

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Famoso por su capacidad de observacion, Oliver Sacks entrelaza aqui con briosa inteligencia las coloridas hebras de la biologia, la historia y la cultura para tejer un fascinante tapiz de Mexico y de un grupo de buscadores de helechos unidos por una pasion comun. En este extraordinario rincon de Mexico se reune un grupo variado de botanicos, profesionales y aficionados, erudicos que desconocen la pedanteria, con una perspectiva diferente y originales percepciones. Y que esplendida variedad tiene esta parte del ...
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Famoso por su capacidad de observacion, Oliver Sacks entrelaza aqui con briosa inteligencia las coloridas hebras de la biologia, la historia y la cultura para tejer un fascinante tapiz de Mexico y de un grupo de buscadores de helechos unidos por una pasion comun. En este extraordinario rincon de Mexico se reune un grupo variado de botanicos, profesionales y aficionados, erudicos que desconocen la pedanteria, con una perspectiva diferente y originales percepciones. Y que esplendida variedad tiene esta parte del mundo! Mientras en Nueva Inglaterra hay unas cien variedades de helechos, en Oaxaca hay casi setecientas. En los mercados de los pueblos se venden por lo menos dos docenas de distintas clases de chiles, desde la que tiene un ligero sabor picante hasta la que es capaz de causar alucinaciones. Es Oaxaca tambien un paraiso de aves y el sueno del arqueologo (abundan las ruinas antiguas que se hacen eco de leyendas precolombinas). Y es aqui donde el Nuevo Mundo hizo al Viejo el delicioso regalo del chocolate, en otro tiempo reservado, bajo pena de muerte, a la realeza azteca.

About the Author:
Oliver Sacks es profesor clinico de neurologia del Albert Einstein College of Medicine y profesor adjunto de neurologia de la University School of Medicine de Nueva York

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In this 2002 National Geographic travel journal, neurologist and best-selling author Sacks gives readers a day-by-day account of his trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, to search for ferns. Sacks not only describes his amazing botanical discoveries but also the unexpected historical and cultural findings about Mexico and the Aztec province. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426201608
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/17/2007
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Latitudes (Directions in Span) Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks
Awakenings author and famed neurologist Oliver Sacks once described the secret to his signature style: "For me, writing and medicine, writing and science, are not separate: they entail each other."

Biography

"I think writing and language are not just to articulate or communicate, but they are also to investigate," the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks once said. "For me, writing and medicine, writing and science, are not separate: they entail each other." Sacks grew up in a large and prodigiously gifted family of scientists; with their encouragement, he set up his own chemistry lab and spent his days in a swirl of sulfurous fumes and smoke. He was also fascinated by biographies, and spent hours poring over the lives of great scientists like Dmitri Mendeleev, Humphrey Davy,and Marie Curie. When the chaos of World War II and traumatic experiences at boarding school intruded on the "lyrical, mystical perceptions" of Sacks' childhood, he clung to scientific knowledge as a means of ordering and understanding the universe.

After his medical training at Oxford, Sacks migrated to the States to pursue a career in neurology research. But he made a clumsy lab researcher. "I was always dropping things or breaking things," he explained in a lecture, "and eventually they said: 'Get out! Go work with patients. They're less important.'" Sacks went to work at Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, where he was struck by the sight of patients who had survived encephalitis lethargica, the "sleeping sickness." The patients were nearly immobile, but the nurses who cared for them insisted that there were living personalities behind the frozen masks, and Sacks believed the nurses. The story of his work with these patients is told in Sacks' 1973 book Awakenings, which inspired a movie starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro and also formed the basis of a play by Harold Pinter.

But Sacks is perhaps best known for his collections of case histories (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars et al.), which probe the experiences of people with disorders and rare neurological conditions. In telling their stories, he often questions our assumptions about the nature of human consciousness. Part what distinguishes Sacks' work from the traditional case study is his interest in how a patient functions with a disorder, not just how he or she is impaired by it.

Sacks has also drawn on personal experience for wonderfully resonant scientific memoirs that recall his remarkable family, people who have influenced and inspired him, and his lifelong love of medicine and physical science. Meanwhile, he continues to work with patients, to understand them through writing about them, and to point his readers toward new ways of understanding themselves. As Thomas P. Sakmar, interim president of Rockefeller University, said in awarding Sacks the Lewis Thomas Prize: "Sacks presses us to follow him into uncharted regions of human experience -- and compels us to realize, once there, that we are confronting only ourselves."

Good To Know

As a child, Sacks was fascinated by the periodic table of the elements at the Science Museum in London. His boyhood love of chemistry hasn't waned: according to an article in Wired, Sacks owns half a dozen T-shirts with the periodic table printed on them, along with periodic-table coffee mugs, tote bags and mousepads.

Sacks's memoir Uncle Tungsten inspired the creation of Theodore Gray's Periodic Table Table, a wooden table representing Mendeleev's table of the elements and containing samples of each element. Sacks later paid a visit to see the Periodic Table Table -- wearing, of course, one of his periodic-table T-shirts.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      1933
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.M., B.Ch., Queen's College, Oxford, 1958

Table of Contents


Prefacio     13
Viernes     17
El vuelo a Mexico
Plantas paleozoicas y una infancia con abundancia de helechos
Una sociedad de aficionados
Sabado     34
Primera impresion de la ciudad de Oaxaca
Breve historia del tabaco
Santo Domingo y su jardin de trifidos
Guindillas, especias y chocolate
Los ultimos aguacates silvestres
El mercado, desde sapotes hasta minerales fluorescentes
Domingo     50
Partida hacia el Llano de las Flores
El ciclo vital de los helechos
La campanilla y otros alucinogenos del Nuevo Mundo
Conocimiento de Boone
La busqueda de helechos
Legumbres, alisos y helechos grandes y peligrosos
Mal de altura repentino
Lunes     77
El Arbol del Tule
Primer poblamiento mesoamericano
Las ruinas de Yagul
La doradilla o helecho de la resurreccion
Los eufonicos sulfuros de arsenico
Martes     87
Un dia a solas
El Zocalo
Fisicos bidimensionales
Una fusion de culturas
Miercoles     95
Los manantiales y las cascadas petrificadas
Una demostracion explicativa en el hotel
Tesoros de la vertiente atlantica
La extrana muerte de Georgi Markov
Parejas botanicas
La alegria, un sintoma extrano
Jueves     108
Plantas del valle de Oaxaca
La historia de Mexico despues de la Conquista contada por Luis
Una procesion religiosa
Mitla y sus complicadas construcciones de adobe
Matatlan, el maguey y el mezcal
Gusanos del maguey y langostas
El mansocapibara
Ceramica
Tejidos y carmin de cochinilla
Viernes     126
Un eclipse lunar
La civilizacion de Monte Alban
Astronomia y religion precolombinas
El juego de pelota
El caucho
La humilde pero perentoria vocacion de la botanica criptogamica
Sabado     138
Matematicas divinas
Un encuentro con la policia
La casita de Boone
Flores de la pasion y colibries
Equisietos gigantes y relatos de calamitas
El maiz de Boone
Una peculiar Llavea endemica
Un museo y biblioteca de artefactos prehispanicos
Las paradojas de las culturas precolombinas
Domingo     155
Ultima expedicion en busca de helechos
Perros y una comida campestre junto al vado
La puesta de sol
Despedida al amanecer
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