Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

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Pan Macmillan, 2002 - 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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While this book has a lot of information on the history of chemistry and the elements, it's full of details about Sacks' life as a young boy and how his strong interest in chemicals developed and was ... Read full review

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Quite wonderful - early memoir of Dr Sacks - some beautiful passages - but all the chemistry killed me - as I have no mind for it Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of eleven books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film) and, most recently, The Mind's Eye. He lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is the first, and only, Columbia University Artist, and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2008.

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