This is a book you must read, if you have become interested ever so slightly in the fascinating history of Chemistry, after watching the BBC documentary. Oliver Sacks is a famous neurologist, but this book is about his childhood, when he was deeply and enthusiastically into amateur Chemistry, due to the inspirational influence of his uncle who owned a bulb factory, and used to talk to him always about the qualities of tungsten as the perfect metal for use in bulb filaments. The book is in a way, his personal account of the history of Chemistry and his own journey in understanding Chemistry. It also gives you a glimpse into the life of a Jewish family in England during the second world war. The book is written very lucidly, and it is a popular science book, so you would be able to digest and understand it quite easily.

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