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The Resource Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood, Oliver Sacks

Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood, Oliver Sacks

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Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood
Title
Uncle Tungsten
Title remainder
memories of a chemical boyhood
Statement of responsibility
Oliver Sacks
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Long before Oliver Sacks became a neurologist and one of our finest science writers, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals -- and also by chemical reactions, the louder and smellier the better. His curiosity was encouraged and abetted by brilliantly quirky relatives: Auntie Len, who taught him that the beauty of numbers can be found in the spiral face of a sunflower; Uncle Dave, who invited the boy to his light-bulb factory; and two older brothers who entertained him by making ammonium dichromate "volcanoes." But Sacks's childhood was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War, when he was evacuated from London and sent to live in a boarding school that rivaled Dickens's grimmest creations. He was sustained through those difficult years by his passion for learning and for finding patterns in the world around him. Overflowing with humor, sadness, sensuous recollection, and the almost physical rapture of discovery, Uncle Tungsten re-creates the wonder of science as it is first experienced and chronicles the birth of an extraordinary and original mind
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
Tone
Writing style
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
Index
index present
LC call number
RC339.52.S23
LC item number
A3 2001
Literary form
non fiction
NLM call number
  • 2001 M-782
  • WZ 100
NLM item number
S1216u 2001
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True
Target audience
adult
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memories of a chemical boyhood
Label
Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood, Oliver Sacks
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
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
Control code
1992970
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 337 p.
Isbn
9780676972610
Lccn
2001033738
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm46937635
  • (OCoLC)46937635
Label
Uncle Tungsten : memories of a chemical boyhood, Oliver Sacks
Link
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
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
Control code
1992970
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 337 p.
Isbn
9780676972610
Lccn
2001033738
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm46937635
  • (OCoLC)46937635

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