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Title:
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
Written by:
Oliver Sacks 
Read by:
Jonathan Davis 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
10 hours 43 minutes 
Published:
August 01 2019 
Available Date:
August 01 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529011500 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Memoirs; Science & Technology 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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#1 bestselling author

The inspiring childhood memoirs of legendary scientist 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. There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy’s adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind.

‘If you did not think that gallium and iridium could move you, this superb book will change your mind.'
The Times

'This book is both a heartwarming account of a delightful, eccentric family life and an inspiring record of a remarkable intellectual odyssey.'
The Mail on Sunday

'Uncle Tungsten is really about the raw joy of scientific understanding; what it is like to be a precocious child discovering the alchemical secrets of reality for the first time: the sheer thrill of finding intelligible patterns in nature.'
The Guardian