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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Demco Media
Publication date July 1, 2003
Binding Reinforced
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780606286688
ISBN-10 0606286683
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.85 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Business
Original list price $23.50
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
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.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the distinguished neurologist who is also one of the most remarkable storytellers of our time — an account of his youth, as unexpected and fascinating as his celebrated case histories.

What first aroused Sacks’ boundless curiosity?

In this wonderful memoir, he evokes, with warmth and wit, his childhood in wartime England. There was the large, scientifically minded family in which his very early fascination with meals was nurtured – particularly by “Uncle Tungsten.” There were his four years at the boarding school where he was sent at the outbreak of World War II to escape the bombings, and where, though he suffered extreme deprivation and cruelty, one can see the first gleam of his interest in the intellectual pursuits that would begin to shape him. And there was his return to London, an emotionally bereft 10-year-old who found solace in the secret garden of his passion for learning – about the nature of metals, gases and chemicals; about the hidden order of things outside himself.

Uncle Tungsten radiates the magic, the delight and the wonder of the birth, in a young boy, of the unquenchable desire for knowledge. It is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary mind.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780375404481 Book cover for 9780786241484
 
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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