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Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

astripedarmchair, August 27, 2009

Sacks brought chemistry to life in a way I've never seen done before; chemistry was my least-favourite class in high school, but while reading this book I became insanely excited over and enamoured with the periodic table. Sacks seems to effortlessly combine personal stories with mini-biographies of famous scientists (primarily chemists) and mini-histories of different inventions. Meanwhile, his own considerable intellect and perfect writing style are on full display. I've read five Sacks books now, and this is my favourite; I was so sad to put it back through the library's book chute and plan to buy my own copy to savour. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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