Tio Tungstênio: Memórias de uma infância química

Editora Companhia das Letras
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As memórias de Oliver Sacks estão impregnadas de ouro, cobre, ferro, estanho, tungstênio. Segundo o neurologista, o comportamento misterioso dos metais o conduziu à prática científica. Com uma escrita envolvente, em que ciência e poesia se aproximam, o autor relembra a infância enquanto narra uma fascinante história da química. Em Tio Tungstênio, Oliver Sacks relembra sua infância, impregnada de recordações sobre o comportamento misterioso dos materiais. Desconfiando de que existiam fenômenos por trás do mundo visível, o jovem Oliver se perguntava: "Como o carvão pode ser feito da mesma matéria que o diamante? Do que é feito o Sol?". Cada etapa de suas descobertas sobre a luz, o calor, a eletricidade, o átomo e os raios X é relembrada conduzindo o leitor pela história da química. A escrita envolvente de Sacks aproxima poesia e ciência por meio de recordações que são, a um só tempo, investigações intelectuais e episódios de amadurecimento afetivo. Nascido numa família de cientistas, Sacks encontrou incentivo para sua vocação. Tio Dave fabricava lâmpadas de tungstênio e, para o menino Oliver, tinha as mãos, os pulmões e os ossos encharcados do metal escuro e pesado. Era o tio Tungstênio.
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About the author

Nasceu em Londres, em 1933. Formou-se em medicina e em 1960 emigrou para os Estados Unidos. Com Enxaqueca iniciou sua carreira de escritor. Seu livro Tempo de despertar inspirou o filme homônimo com Robert De Niro e Robin Williams. Morreu em 2015 aos 82 anos.
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Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Oct 17, 2011
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9788543803159
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Language
Portuguese
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Science / Chemistry / General
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Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?

Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people. People with failing eyesight, paradoxically, may become immersed in a hallucinatory visual world. Hallucinations can be brought on by a simple fever or even the act of waking or falling asleep, when people have visions ranging from luminous blobs of color to beautifully detailed faces or terrifying ogres. Those who are bereaved may receive comforting “visits” from the departed. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one’s own body.

Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. As a young doctor in California in the 1960s, Oliver Sacks had both a personal and a professional interest in psychedelics. These, along with his early migraine experiences, launched a lifelong investigation into the varieties of hallucinatory experience.

Here, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr. Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition. 
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