Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (Paperback)
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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood (Paperback)

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

In Uncle Tungsten Oliver 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.

'This book is both a heartwarming account of a delightful, eccentric family life and an inspiring record of a remarkable intellectual odyssey' Mail on Sunday

'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

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330523660
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 299 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 22 mm

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“Heavy metal tribute to family and science”

This is a fascinating and moving account of childhood reminiscent of Ronald Dahl's 'Boy'.Above all however it is an intriguing insight into the nascent genius of one of the greatest medical minds of the... More

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