37 books finished in 2013: Uncle Tungsten

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Why are you reading this book?
I think someone had recommended Oliver Sacks to me when I started having double vision, because he speaks about interesting brain problems. This isn’t about brains, but it was the first book of his that was available on paperbackswap.

What is the first line?
Many of my childhood memories are of metals: these seemed to exert a power on me from the start.

Describe the book in haiku form:
metals, chemicals,
the periodic table,
wavelengths, explosions

What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
x keep and loan out to friends x
keep to read again & again & again
post to paperbackswap.com
throw it away

Anything else you’d like to say?
This was a great memoir – not only was the author sharing his life story, but he was sharing his obsessions. I sort of wish I’d read it as a teenager – it might have encouraged me to continue in the sciences.

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