Uncle Tungsten, written by Oliver Sacks is a great read (further details regarding publisher, ISBN, etc can be found at the end of this posting).

It is an autobiographical account of Sacks childhood days and how from a very early age he became intrigued by science, in particular chemistry. Sacks is a neurologist, living in London but who was born in the UK and grew up around world war 2. His work was brought to the public attention in the film ‘Awakenings’.

What I love about this book is his opening chapter where he talks about his fascination with metals. His writing is very fluid and easy to follow. It is extremely accessible to people of all ages and I have read various snippets to me young children.


Book information:

  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (October 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375404481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375404481