Uncle Tungsten Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

ISBN-10: 0375704043
ISBN-13: 9780375704048
Edition: N/A
Authors: Oliver Sacks
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded. 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 young Oliver as he is exiled at the age of six to a grim, sadistic boarding school to escape the London Blitz, and later watch as he sets about passionately reliving the exploits of his chemical heroes–in his own home laboratory. 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.

Oliver Wolf Sacks is a neurologist and writer. He was born in London, England on July 9, 1933. Sacks earned his medical degree at Oxford University and performed his internship at Middlesex Hospital in London and Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He completed his residency at UCLA. In 1965, Sacks became a clinical neurologist to the Little Sisters of the Poor and Beth Abraham Hospital. He also worked with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Sacks' work in a Bronx charity hospital led him to write the book Awakenings in 1973. The book inspired a play by Harold Pinter and became a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Sacks was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He also wrote Mind's Eye which made The NewYork Times Bestseller list for 2010.

Uncle Tungsten
"37"
Exile
"An Ideal Metal"
Light for the Masses
The Land of Stibnite
Chemical Recreations
Stinks and Bangs
Housecalls
A Chemical Language
Humphry Davy: A Poet-Chemist
Images
Mr. Dalton's Round Bits of Wood
Lines of Force
Home Life
Mendeleev's Garden
A Pocket Spectroscope
Cold Fire
Ma
Penetrating Rays
Madame Curie's Element
Cannery Row
The World Set Free
Brilliant Light
The End of the Affair
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Index

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