El Tio Tungsteno

El Tio Tungsteno Oliver Sacks s luminous memoir Uncle Tungsten charts the growth of a mind Born in into a family of formidably intelligent London Jews he discovered the wonders of the physical sciences early fro

  • Title: El Tio Tungsteno
  • Author: Oliver Sacks
  • ISBN: 9788433972866
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oliver Sacks s luminous memoir Uncle Tungsten charts the growth of a mind Born in 1933 into a family of formidably intelligent London Jews, he discovered the wonders of the physical sciences early from his parents and their flock of brilliant siblings, most notably Uncle Tungsten real name, Dave , who manufactured lightbulbs with filaments of fine tungsten wire MetaOliver Sacks s luminous memoir Uncle Tungsten charts the growth of a mind Born in 1933 into a family of formidably intelligent London Jews, he discovered the wonders of the physical sciences early from his parents and their flock of brilliant siblings, most notably Uncle Tungsten real name, Dave , who manufactured lightbulbs with filaments of fine tungsten wire Metals were the substances that first attracted young Oliver, and his descriptions of their colours, textures and properties are as sensuous and romantic as an art lover s rhapsodies over an Old Master Seamlessly interwoven with his personal recollections is a masterful survey of scientific history, with emphasis on the great chemists like Robert Boyle, Antoine Lavoisier and Humphry Davy Sacks s personal hero Yet this is not a dry intellectual autobiography his parents in particular, both doctors, are vividly sketched His sociable father loved house calls and was drawn to medicine because its practice was central in human society , while his shy mother had an intense feeling for structure for her medicine was part of natural history and biology For young Oliver, unhappy at the brutal boarding school he was sent to during the war, and afraid that he would become mentally ill like his older brother, chemistry was a refuge in an uncertain world He would outgrow his passion for metals and become a neurologist, but as readers of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat know, he would never leave behind his conviction that science is a profoundly human endeavour Wendy Smith

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    1. i do not understand science. most phenomena i just dismiss with accusations of magic: the moon controls the tides?? but they are so far away!! oh, maaaagic!! leap year?? account for thyself!! magic?? got it. how did you make this pluot, sir?? ah, i see you are an alchemist!much of it i have to blame on my high schooling because i have not studied any aspect of the sciences since then, but it's not like i have gone out of my way to do any research now that i am grown. i mean,they do make books af [...]

    2. I read this, a chapter at a time, as bedtime reading for my 11-year-old son, who is very much into science, and said son is now fascinated with chemistry, its history, and all the people that were involved in many of the theories that have been proved.I am struck by Sack's language throughout, the lyrical quality with which he describes a unique home life in London during the Second World War, the chemical explorations of his boyhood (my son was especially struck by the idea of another 11-year-o [...]

    3. I feel totally terrible on giving up on this book. It is a very good book, but I believe it will not be readable for many. Or maybe I should put it this way – it cannot be appreciated as it should be unless you either have a thorough knowledge of chemistry or are willing to read the book slowly and do the experiments, look at the pinecones and sunflowers and investigate alongside the author as he speaks of his childhood in London. His family is one of scholars. These people were those very few [...]

    4. This is a five-star jealousy rating. Oh, to have had the intellectual riches of Oliver Sacks' childhood. It's not possible anymore, even if you have equally intelligent, indulgent, slightly disconnected parents, who let him do what he wished, when he wished, how he wished--allowing him, over years, to play in an under-the-stairs chemistry lab, where he nearly blew himself and the house sky-high many times. Safety glasses? Fire protection? Concerns about poisonous fumes? Never mind! And how pale [...]

    5. A nostalgic look at a family fueled by science and chemistry, Uncle Tungsten is a great and interesting read but it can be kind of slow at times if you're not a science person.

    6. Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) grew up in North London surrounded by scientific aunts and uncles. Both his parents were physicians. His mother was a well-known obstetrician and one of England’s first female surgeons. His brothers also went on to become physicians, as did Oliver.Oliver’s Uncle ‘Tungsten’ Dave owned a light bulb factory on Farringdon Road. Uncle Dave helped Oliver with experiments in the laboratory and taught him about all the elements. Oliver was fascinated with Tungsten and it [...]

    7. Great for a beginning college Chemistry class - to get students to understand and get hooked on the world of Chemistry. I learned a great deal. At times a little dry, but not for long amounts of time, and the pay off is worth it.

    8. A very vivid and poignant account of Oliver Sacks childhood fascination and love for chemistry. He makes us all feel sad for the loss of that childlike curiosity and attachment to science. he found delight in exploring the physical world. How many of us has the abillity to do experiments on chemicals during our childhood days?How many of us dream of chemistry?How many of us delight in travelling the journey of science;asking questions and given answers to satisfy our eager curiosity? These are w [...]

    9. Great fun romping inside the mind of Oliver Sacks as he reminisces of childhood days. Insightful, funny, sometimes somber, sometimes lighthearted, always engaging. What strikes me as its most important quality is that it bears a restorative effect on those minds seeking to explain their own childhoods. A great story-teller, of course, and he has produced a well-crafted literary work.Everything that I would write would be a spoiler, of course, because it is a memoir so I'm just adding my voice to [...]

    10. This is the very personal memoir of Dr. Oliver Sacks, who is known as the author of numerous anecdotal stories involving case-studies of his patients' neurological disorders.As a young boy he experienced a profound excitement over the study of chemistry, which helped him cope with his own neuroses which had their origins in the brutal treatment he and his brother Michael received at a boys' school that they attended during the early years of World War II.This was a period which Oliver considered [...]

    11. 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). What I have always loved about Sacks is his ability to present the scientific, social, personal and emotional aspects of his subject as a balanced entity. You can see, through his writings, how he develops a rapport with his patients. Uncle Tungsten is a memoir of Sacks, growing up in Britain under the Blitz, a child of a remarkable family. P [...]

    12. Exuberant and informative. Oliver Sacks' memoir is full of love and childlike wonder, and the voice at times reminded me of Roald Dahl. For me, medical/science non-fiction has always been something of a comfort read. Most members of my family are scientifically inclined* and so I often reach for nonfic when I am homesick. What I also loved about Sacks' memoir is how much I learned! In school, I needed extra help with math and science. I think part of my aversion to the subjects was how mortified [...]

    13. I had a very strong personal reaction to this book (Sacks reminds me very much of my late father), so it's hard for me to judge whether it's a good book in any objective sense. It is not a standard memoir, in that you don't learn very much about Sacks' life or family outside of his explorations of chemistry. This can be frustrating. For instance, at one point he describes how as a teenager his brother Michael suffered from paranoid delusions (was he schizophrenic?), but then never goes on to say [...]

    14. This is an odd book--part autobiography, part history of chemistry. Sacks, a neurologist who writes beautifully about unusual people. In doing so he always reminds me not only of our common humanity, but of just how strange and wonderful our humanity is. In this book he is the subject of his narrative and he manages to depict himself with the same grace and wit that uses to characterize others. The heart of the book is his experience being evacuated Along with many other children from London dur [...]

    15. Tungsteno è uno dei miei preferiti di Sacks. E' sia un bell'excursus autobiografico della sua infanzia e giovinezza, a tratti molto dolorosa ma il più delle volte ricca di affetti e interessi e conoscenze, sia un ripercorrere la storia della chimica attraverso il suo scoprire questo mondo nel mondo. Proprio per la parte centrale che la storia della chimica ha in questo libro non mi sento di consigliarlo a tutti indiscriminatamente: di chimica e della sua storia ce n'è davvero tanta, se non si [...]

    16. This book was great because you can really sense the boyhood excitement, and you pick up a lot of little chemistry trivia (which I, as a chemist, especially appreciate). I don't think it's too technical, however, and I hope its chemistry content does not deter non-chemists of any type from reading it. While reading, I was frequently reminded that the world has changed significantly in the past ~60 years. Oliver Sacks grew up in a time where you could essentially run down to the store and buy som [...]

    17. I enjoyed this considerably more thanThe Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, which partly just reflects my relative levels of interest in chemistry and neuroscience, but also reflects the way this book interleaves scientific and wartime memoir -- the Second World War being a topic which interests me more than either of the above, at least from a pleasure-reading point of view. (Plus, I learned a few more obnoxious chemistry trivia facts, the better to torment family and friends.)

    18. As a kid I really liked my chemistry set - maybe that is why I grew up to teach high school chemistry. I'm also a really good cook. The stories in this book really spoke to me - the relationship of the author and his uncle and that science is really cool!

    19. I enjoy Oliver Sack's works. For one who is such an accomplished scientific figure in the medical world, his prose writing is so good. "Uncle Tungsten", published first in 2001, is his memoir of his life and times in pre and immediately post war England. Sack's family were Jews who had immigrated to England around the turn of the 20th century. His parents were physicians and his uncles (he came from quite a large family) were scientists and entrepreneurs. Uncle "Tungsten" owned and ran a factory [...]

    20. This is Sacks' inspiring memoir of his early teenage years, when his growing scientific mind recapitulated the history of chemistry through reading and his own hands-on experiments. It can be read either as a record of one person's education, or as a high-level history of chemistry. The magic of this book is how Sacks combined the two into an engaging narrative.He begins by telling of his earliest observations, when not yet ten years old, of simple material categories. This grew into differentia [...]

    21. Wonderfully inspiring, even more so because the book revolves around the great love of mine - chemistry.Through his memories of childhood/adolescence Oliver Sacks tells the simplified (short?) version of the history of chemistry. I've come to realize that his "reasons" for chemical curiosity are rather similar to my own - to find certainty in this world, to understand the origins and reactions of things all around me, and so I was not enthralled to read the last chapter, "The End of the Affair", [...]

    22. I think this is the most personal of Sacks' books. The premise is an autobiographic one. It's the story of his boyhood during wartime Britain, and his experiences with both his multi-talented family, and his youthful love of science and chemistry. It also becomes woven in with the history of chemistry and the periodic table. I love history of science books, and biography so to get both in one book was a surprise and a treat! It made me think of the best works by John Gribbin that I had read many [...]

    23. This book was just as great on my second readthrough as it was on my first. Sacks has the rare talent to combine science, art, and humanity, and the result is a beautifully written account of both his childhood and the early science of chemistry and the people that were involved. These days it's easy for us to take things like the modern-day conception of a quantum atom for granted, but this book brings you back to a time when this was an amazing discovery and, more than that, tells you exactly [...]

    24. This is a memoir of a brilliant man's curious evolution as an inquiring mind. His family is super-brainy and it's no wonder that he is too, since they gave him his own chemistry-lab at age 10 to start blowing shit up. This book is also a superb primer for anyone interested in the history of chemistry, from alchemy to the most recent discoveries.

    25. I really enjoyed this autobiography. Sacks is such an engaging writer. I got to go listen to him speak a few years ago at Mayo - he was just as delightful in person as in print.

    26. This is Sacks at his best! What a nice way to learn something about the history of science. Every Chemistry student (and teacher) should read it.

    27. Many interesting passages, but far too scientific for me. I was lost among the tables and metals. I liked it best when he became more personal in discussing his family and upbringing.

    28. 2.5 Stars!I am a huge fan of Oliver Sacks and his writing, his boyish love and enthusiasm for learning and his enduring curiosity comes across from a really early age, and it clearly translated into adulthood. His family, in particular his mum and uncle did a lot to encourage his inquisitive nature as they fed him knowledge and passed down their wisdom. This is an autobiography, but it is also about many of the scientific elements, and it is as much about chemistry as it is about Sacks. This pec [...]

    29. Several GR friends recommended The Disappearing Spoon as a narrative approach to chemistry for the science-challenged like myself. I thought Dr. Sacks' memoir might be the same. Unfortunately, I think I should have read The Disappearing Spoon first because I did not have the background for this memoir. It's one thing to push myself through the dull sections of a history book, but with science, I might as well be reading a foreign language. That's not to say I got nothing out of the book, but I c [...]

    30. Baseando-se nas suas memórias de infância e adolescência (a vida em Londres no tempo da guerra, a traumática experiência do colégio interno, as histórias familiares, as amizades da adolescência, e por aí fora), o livro de Oliver Sacks Tio Tungsténio (no nome original Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood) é igualmente um pretexto para o autor fazer um tratado, simples e acessível, de química.Com efeito, Tio Tungsténio (o nome que Sacks dá a um dos seus tios cientistas) co [...]

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