Air: Nature and Culture (Earth) by Peter Adey

By Peter Adey

Air has consistently been necessary to existence, from the atmospheric composition that gave lifestyles to the forests and sizeable bugs of the Carboniferous age a few three hundred million years in the past to the air that fuels crucial applied sciences at the present time. we're immersed in a superb ocean of air; from inner combustion and jet engines to trendy towns with synthetic climates, air is notable since it is so common and whilst so intimate. yet through coping with and manipulating air as a ordinary source, people were taken to the boundaries in their survival on the severe occasions of high-altitude mountain peaks and the lows of subterranean worlds. but hardly are we conscious of air and its superb homes.
Air is an leading edge cultural and clinical historical past that specializes in our makes an attempt to appreciate air, to engineer and grapple with it, to make feel of it and locate which means in it. For as crucial as air has been to our philosophical, clinical and technological goals, Peter Adey exhibits that it really is via air that the inventive and literary mind's eye has been lifted.
Exploring the paintings of verified figures reminiscent of Marie Curie, Joseph Priestley and John Scott Haldane, in addition to lesser-known pioneers, and together with views from portray, literature and poetry, this richly illustrated e-book will attract an individual attracted to the technology in addition to the tradition of this pervasive, usually unregarded but important substance.

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