Uncle Tungsten

Uncle Tungsten

Memories of A Chemical Boyhood

Book - 2001 | 1st ed
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375404481
0375404481
Branch Call Number: 616.8 SA14U
Characteristics: viii, 337 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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MT60
Apr 26, 2019

Remarkable recollections by the brilliant mind of Oliver Sacks. That being said, I am a chemist, but enjoyed the personal stuff more than the endless detail about the salts and metals that he loved. My head started spinning at about Page 120. I never had chemistry sets as a kid, but came to love chemistry during college when I saw how it represented everyday life.

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JLIOlib
May 17, 2017

It's amazing to learn about how smart Dr. Sacks was since he was a little boy and his passion to chemistry. It's even more amazing that he had such open-minded and encouraging parents.

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georgiag829
Mar 08, 2016

What a wonderful book! His love for the sciences really shines through and that enthusiasm extended to me! This was the very first book written by Oliver Sacks that I read. He's a wonderful writer and I highly recommend reading this book.

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slottino
Apr 02, 2012

His autobiography seemed to be written more for himself than for other readers.

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Apr 03, 2019

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katboxjanitor
Apr 03, 2019

This memoir is a demonstration of a deep, abiding love for metals and science from within a family deeply involved in both medical and industrial fields. Not fast-paced, I had to check this puppy out 3, yes THREE times to finish it. I let the first try expire, but Dr. Sacks' story and perspective through some impressive decades of discovery and development of metallurgic and elemental sciences was quite intriguing and would not leave me alone.

I have read \ listened to a couple of Stephen Hawking's writings and the elements and periodic table was a concept I had not fully appreciated until now.

Making Science, Chemistry, Metallurgy and even Medicine relatable is quite a skill. And the fact he survived his childhood physically, emotionally, intellectually or professionally makes us all fortunate.

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