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Oliver Sacks: His Brain on Bach


Famed neurologist Oliver Sacks has been a lifelong lover of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and thanks to a team at Columbia University (including WSF alum Joy Hirsch) he was able to put his favorite composer to the test. In a clip from NOVA, Bach is pitted against Ludwig van Beethoven, while a brain scanner analyzed the results.

[Video and text source: The World Science Festival YouTube channel]