Uncle Tungsten

Uncle Tungsten

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

Title:Uncle Tungsten
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780330390286
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    Uncle Tungsten Reviews

  • karen

    i do not understand science. most phenomena i just dismiss with accusations of magic: the moon controls the tides?? but they are so far away!! oh, maaaagic!! leap year?? account for thyself!! magic?? ...

  • Liralen

    I read this, a chapter at a time, as bedtime reading for my 11-year-old son, who is very much into science, and said son is now fascinated with chemistry, its history, and all the people that were inv...

  • Chrissie

    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 b...

  • Anastasia Hobbet

    This is a five-star jealousy rating. Oh, to have had the intellectual riches of Oliver Sacks' childhood. It's not possible anymore, even if you have equally intelligent, indulgent, slightly disconnect...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    A nostalgic look at a family fueled by science and chemistry, Uncle Tungsten is a great and interesting read but it can be kind of slow at times if you're not a science person....

  • Jean

    Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) grew up in North London surrounded by scientific aunts and uncles. Both his parents were physicians. His mother was a well-known obstetrician and one of England’s first fema...

  • Autumn

    Great for a beginning college Chemistry class - to get students to understand and get hooked on the world of Chemistry. I learned a great deal. At times a little dry, but not for long amounts of time,...

  • Debbie Zapata

    Mother ordered this book some time ago and wanted me to read it. While I was very interested in all the parts that spoke directly about the author's life and family, I could not maintain that interest...

  • Curtiss

    This is the very personal memoir of Dr. Oliver Sacks, who is known as the author of numerous anecdotal stories involving case-studies of his patients' neurological disorders.As a young boy he experien...

  • Timothy

    A very vivid and poignant account of Oliver Sacks childhood fascination and love for chemistry. He makes us all feel sad for the loss of that childlike curiosity and attachment to science. he found de...