Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

作者 : Oliver Sacks

作者 : 奧立佛.薩克斯


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在文藝復興時期,歐洲(特別是義大利)突然之間發了狂似的,出現了米開朗基羅、達文西這類通曉藝術、科學、文學的十項全能。於是,「文藝復興人」遂成了西方文明的理想,而在每個時代,也總有少數秀異之士,能兼善數種藝事,奧立佛.薩克斯(Oliver Sacks)顯然是其中之一。




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

In Uncle Tungsten 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.

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

‘The amalgamation of personal recollection and scientific history makes a luminous, inspiring book’ Sunday Telegraph

‘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’ Guardian
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