Uncle tungsten is a memoir of sacks, growing up in britain under the blitz, a child of a remarkable family p i went on a mini-sacks bender this year, reading uncle tugsten, musicophilia, and then dipping into one of his earlier books (an anthropologist on mars. Professor sacks talked about and read from his book, uncle tungsten, published by alfred a knopfthe book is a memoir about his youth in london during world war iiuncle tungsten refers to. Students read oliver sacks' autobiography uncle tungsten and take turns writing chapter summaries and discussion questions some chapters focus on sacks' childhood chemical explorations and others on the historical period of his youth. Uncle tungsten: memories of a chemical boyhood - ebook written by oliver sacks read this book using google play books app on your pc, android, ios devices download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read uncle tungsten: memories of a chemical boyhood. Uncle tungsten: memories of a chemical boyhood oliver sacks picador when oliver sacks was five he was asked what his favourite things in the world were he responded: 'smoked salmon and bach.
Oliver sacks, best known for writing about the fantastic consequences of neurological abnormalities (awakenings, the man who mistook his wife for a hat), takes us on a journey through his childhood in uncle tungsten. In uncle tungsten, oliver sacks weaves together the wonders of chemistry and his boyhood experiences with grace, ease, and just the right comedic touch the result is a rich, unique, and compelling glimpse into the development of an enormously fertile and creative mind.
Uncle tungsten: memories of a chemical boyhood is a memoir by oliver sacks about his childhood published in 2001the book is named after sacks's uncle dave, secretary of a business named tungstalite, which made incandescent lightbulbs with a tungsten filament, whom oliver nicknamed uncle tungsten. Uncle tungsten by oliver sacks oliver sacks is a neurologist who is also known for being a storyteller ¹ aside from his career, sacks is a best-selling author having written twelve books up to date, all bringing together science and art ². Music video on uncle tungsten by oliver sacks.
In uncle tungsten, oliver sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime england he tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry he tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry. An uncle, for whom the book is named, was a manufacturer of light bulbs with tungsten filaments and encouraged him in setting up his own chemistry laboratory in the family laundry room, to do experiments.
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,. Early on an uncle introduced oliver to the thrall of metals, and he came to know gold, silver, copper, tungsten, and so many others as a child knows an attic or a woodlot, by taste and smell and quirk: the cry of tin as it bends, the nobility of iridium, radium's ultimate, fatal red. Young oliver had an extended family full of many unusual characters including the eponomous uncle tungsten - his uncle who ran a light bulb manufacturing plant, and was a mine of information about chemistry another uncle was a physicist and introduced oliver to many of the wonders of science and nature. The realm of science is alchemy in sacks's hands as he spins pure gold from base metals-kirkus reviews (starred review)in uncle tungsten, oliver sacks weaves together the wonders of chemistry and his boyhood experiences with grace, ease, and just the right comedic touch.
Uncle tungsten is a paean to the properties of the physical elements that sacks loved from a precociously young age, a love letter to the fascinating and sometimes outrageous history of. In uncle tungsten, sacks carries this project into new and more personal territory it is an unusual book, for it combines autobiography with a good deal of scientific information it is an unusual book, for it combines autobiography with a good deal of scientific information. Introduced his nephew, oliver w sacks, to this metal whose chemical symbol is w sacks's middle name was wolf and the chemical name for tungsten is wolfram so uncle tungsten had, in effect, a nephew.