Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

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Pan Macmillan, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 337 pages
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In Uncle Tungsten Sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime England. He tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry. There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy’s adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind.

‘If you did not think that gallium and iridium could move you, this superb book will change your mind’ The Times

‘The amalgamation of personal recollection and scientific history makes a luminous, inspiring book’ Sunday Telegraph

Uncle Tungsten is really about the raw joy of scientific understanding; what it is like to be a precocious child discovering the alchemical secrets of reality for the first time; the sheer thrill of finding intelligible patterns in nature’ Guardian

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User Review  - Oliver Ho - Goodreads

Heartfelt memoir that traces the development of modern science alongside the author's childhood and youth. It's fascinating, especially in light of his other work, but some of the rapturous chapters ... Read full review

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User Review  - Simon Kissam - Goodreads

I give this three stars, but it really deserves four stars, and anyone interested in the subject will probably rate it so, or even five stars. However, if one (like me) comes to this book as a result ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Oliver Sacks was educated in London, Oxford, California and New York. He is a professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings.

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