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... show more
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").
Publish date: August 23rd 2002
Pages no: 250
Edition language: English
, Biography Memoir
Nice book, only 3 stars because I was expecting more about the boyhood than the chemical. I think this book is more interesting and readable to those who are interested in a brief history of chemistry than those who are interested in a memoir of Oliver Sacks.
Great read, but at times I wished this book contained more memoir and less history of chemistry (and I love chemistry).
i love oliver sacks' case studies and learning about neurology from his writing. this wasn't as fun for me, but it still was full of interesting and sometimes amazing information. this book is purely focused on chemistry, and people who have no interest in chemistry would not enjoy this at all. h...
I feel totally terrible on giving up on this book. It is a very good book, but I believe it will not be readable for many. Or maybe I should put it this way – it cannot be appreciated as it should be unless you either have a thorough knowledge of chemistry or are willing to read the book slowly and ...