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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date October 1, 2002
Pages 337
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375704048
ISBN-10 0375704043
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The scientific wonder of youth is skillfully evoked in this intriguing memoir by the distinguished neurologist and author of Awakenings in which he describes his fascination with metals, gases, and chemicals, especially 'Uncle Tungsten,' and with unravelling the complex mysteries of the world around him. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings 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 lightbulbs. 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.

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Hardcover
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (May 1, 2002)
9780786241484 | details & prices | 535 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $30.95
About: A memoir of the scientific wonder of youth by the distinguished neurologist and author describes his fascination with metals, gasses, and chemicals, expecially 'Uncle Tungsten,' and with unravelling the complex mysteries of the world around him.
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 1, 2001)
9780375404481 | details & prices | 337 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $25.00
About: 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.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (October 1, 2002)
9780375704048 | details & prices | 337 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $15.95
About: A memoir of the scientific wonder of youth by the distinguished neurologist and author describes his fascination with metals, gasses, and chemicals, and with unravelling the complex mysteries of the world around him.
Reinforced
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With Oliver W. Sacks | from Demco Media (July 1, 2003)
9780606286688 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $23.50
About: A memoir of the scientific wonder of youth by the distinguished neurologist and author describes his fascination with metals, gasses, and chemicals, and with unravelling the complex mysteries of the world around him.
Prebinding
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With Oliver W. Sacks | Reprint edition from Paw Prints (June 5, 2008)
9781435297364 | details & prices | 337 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.86 lbs | List price $23.95
With Oliver W. Sacks | from Turtleback Books (September 1, 2002)
9780613708715 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $26.90
About: A memoir of the scientific wonder of youth by the distinguished neurologist and author describes his fascination with metals, gasses, and chemicals, and with unravelling the complex mysteries of the world around him.

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