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Uncle Tungsten

Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

by Oliver Sacks

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Published by Knopf .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Number of Pages352
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7424975M
ISBN 100375404481
ISBN 109780375404481

Early on an uncle introduced Oliver to the thrall of metals, and he came to know gold, silver, copper, tungsten, and so many others as a child knows an attic or a woodlot, by taste and smell and quirk: the cry of tin as it bends, the nobility of iridium, radium’s “ultimate, fatal red.”. Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at runrevlive.com

Dec 11,  · In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks’ extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his “Uncle Tungsten,” whose factory produces tungsten-filament lightbulbs. We follow the 4/5(24). Download Uncle Tungsten in PDF and EPUB Formats for free. Uncle Tungsten Book also available for Read Online, mobi, docx and mobile and kindle reading.

It was Uncle Tungsten’s favorite book, and now it is one of mine. On depressive mornings, I like to work out atomic radii or ionization potentials with my Grape-Nuts—their charm has come back. The book is autobiographical, about his intense interest in and love for chemistry in his early years. Uncle Tungsten, his uncle in London where he grew up during the war years, ran a factory making electric light bulbs, which of course work successfully, because they have tungsten runrevlive.com: E. J. Wood.


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In Uncle Tungsten we meet Sacks' extraordinary family, from his surgeon mother (who introduces the fourteen-year-old Oliver to the art of human dissection) and his father, a family doctor who imbues in his son an early enthusiasm for housecalls, to his "Uncle Tungsten," whose factory produces tungsten-filament runrevlive.com by: Uncle Tungsten is a memoir of Sacks, growing up in Britain under the Blitz, a child of a remarkable family.

I went on a mini-Sacks "bender" this year, reading Uncle Tugsten, Musicophilia, and then dipping into one of his earlier books (An Anthropologist on Mars).4/5.

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood is a memoir by Oliver Sacks about his childhood published in The book is named after Sacks's Uncle Dave, secretary of a business named Tungstalite, which made incandescent lightbulbs with a tungsten filament, whom Oliver nicknamed Uncle runrevlive.coming to family members, Oliver used the single nickname, Uncle Tungsten, to refer to a Author: Oliver Sacks.

Feb 16,  · Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood - Kindle edition by Oliver Sacks Md. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, Uncle Tungsten book or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood/5().

'Uncle Tungsten' also provides a clear context for modern chemistry, as Sachs grew up at a critical turning point in its development. It's the sort of book that textbooks ought to be--practical, humorous, poignant and bordering on the spiritual.4/5.

No book has caused me more pain, or given me more fun, than writing Uncle T.–or, finally, such a sense of coming-to-terms with life, and reconciliation and catharsis.” — Oliver Sacks on Uncle Tungsten. While Uncle (Dave) Tungsten gets top billing in Sacks’ book, Uncle Abe, the co-director of Tungstalite, influenced Oliver as well.

Considered “the physicist” uncle, Abe taught Oliver about James Clerk Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory, inspiring the boy to experiment with electricity and magnetism himself.

Dec 01,  · Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood. Oliver Sacks. pp, Picador, £ Uncle Tungsten was the relative with the lightbulb factory Author: John Mccrone. Uncle Tungsten was the uncle of Oliver Sacks named Dave, who worked with Tungsten in his job as a manufacturer of light bulbs with filaments of fine tungsten wire.

The firm he worked at was called Tungstalite. He taught Oliver Sacks about metals in experiments during his. Professor Sacks talked about and read from his book, [Uncle Tungsten], published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is a memoir about his youth in London during World War II.

Uncle Tungsten refers to. Sep 01,  · Buy a cheap copy of Uncle Tungsten book by Oliver Sacks. Oliver Sacks's luminous memoir charts the growth of a mind. Born in into a family of formidably intelligent London Jews, he discovered the wonders of the Free shipping over $Cited by: Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy.

About Uncle Tungsten. Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and bestselling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals–also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table.

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'This book is both a heartwarming account of a delightful, eccentric family life and an inspiring record of a remarkable intellectual odyssey' Mail on /5(36).

Uncle Tungsten is a crystalline view of a brilliant young mind springing to life, a story of growing up which is by turns elegiac, comic, and wistful, full of the electrifying joy of discovery.

CHAPTER ONE Uncle Tungsten Many of my childhood memories are of metals: these seemed to. Uncle Tungsten Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks Published by Random House/NY in ARJ2 Chapter: Reading for Enjoyment A Book Review by Bobby Matherne © In this encyclopedic book about chemistry and physics, Oliver Sacks does for these sciences what Denis Guedj does for mathematics in his novel, The Parrot's Theorem.

Dec 08,  · Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood Oliver Sacks Picador. When Oliver Sacks was five he was asked what his favourite things in Author: Zoe Green.

Dec 18,  · "Uncle Tungsten" by Oliver Sacks Oliver Sacks recalls his childhood romance with chemistry in a book so delightful that even the scientifically illiterate will fall for it, too. Dec 11,  · Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood - Ebook written by Oliver Sacks. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices.

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