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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood Paperback – September 17, 2002

4.6 out of 5 stars 329 ratings
Book 1 of 2: Oliver Sacks' memoirs

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As a child of wartime England, Sacks shored himself up against the horrors of the political world by learning all he could about the world of science. In this memoir, he emphasizes the sensuous dimensions of scientific inquiry.
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“A rare gem…. Fresh, joyous, wistful, generous, and tough-minded.”–The New York Times Book Review

“This book underlies everything else Dr. Sacks has written, and is worthy to stand with the great scientific memoirs, for it’s passion, its insight, its sense of history and its felicity.” –Paul Theroux

“Fired by Sacks’s enthusiasm–obviously genuine, impossible to feign–bursting forth in all directions. . . .The book recounts the growth of a formidable young mind opening up to the order and beauty of the material world.” –Newsday

“Sack’s study of a mind [is] as tough as tungsten, as fluid as mercury . . . as precious as gold.” –The Seattle Times

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  • Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (September 17, 2002)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0375704043
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375704048
  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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