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Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood, Oliver Sacks

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Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood
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Uncle Tungsten
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memories of a chemical boyhood
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Oliver Sacks
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eng
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Title
Uncle Tungsten
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Summary
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 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 light bulbs. 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
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2001.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2001.
Biography type
autobiography
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156420
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 616.8/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
RC339.52.S23
LC item number
A3 2001
Literary form
non fiction
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Target audience
adult
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Oliver Sacks
Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood, Oliver Sacks
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Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood, Oliver Sacks
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Includes index
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ocm46937635
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Dimensions
22 cm.
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Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 337 p., [4] p. of plates
Isbn
9780375404481
Lccn
2001033738
Other physical details
ill.

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