I especially thought uncle tungsten memories of a chemical boyhood to be most engaging and interesting the book is an elegantly written autobiography with remarkably vivid accounts of sacks early formative years describing in historical detail his fascination with chemistry numbers and natural history subjects which revealed to him that . Read an excerpt chapter 1 1 uncle tungsten many of my childhood memories are of metals these seemed to exert a power on me from the start they stood out conspicuous against the heterogeneousness of the world by their shining gleaming quality their silveriness their smoothness and weight. Uncle tungsten is an autobiographical account of oliver sacks childhood yet in parts it also reads like a young boys open love letter to science affectionately named after sacks uncle due to his lifelong obsession with metals in particular tungsten whose filaments he used daily in the manufacturing of incandescent light bulbs. Uncle loved the density of the tungsten he made and its refractoriness its great chemical stability he loved to handle it the wire the powder but the massy little bars and ingots most of all
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