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Uncle Tungsten Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks

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Published by Knopf Canada .
Written in English


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  • Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology,
  • Biography / Autobiography

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The Physical Object
Number of Pages352
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7695029M
ISBN 100676972616
ISBN 109780676972610

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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 hisn-alarum.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, phones 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. Aug 08,  · Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive, a (c)(3) non-profit, building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital projects include the Wayback Machine, and