Caesar S Last Breath Decoding The Secrets Of The Air Around Us

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0316381640
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The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe

It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.

In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

Caesar S Last Breath The Epic Story Of The Air We Breathe

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473543762
Size: 17.41 MB
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In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth ...

Caesar S Last Breath

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316381632
Size: 80.31 MB
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In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth ...

Caesar S Last Breath

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316381632
Size: 14.81 MB
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In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth ...

The Violinist S Thumb

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316202975
Size: 49.89 MB
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In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.

The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 031624225X
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In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues.

Zapped

Author: Bob Berman
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316311316
Size: 50.12 MB
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From beloved popular science writer Bob Berman, ZAPPED tells the story of all the light we cannot see, tracing infrared, microwaves, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays, radio waves and other forms of radiation from their historic, world ...

Gulp Adventures On The Alimentary Canal

Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393348741
Size: 63.88 MB
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The humorous science writer offers a tour of the human digestive system, explaining why the stomach doesn't digest itself and whether constipation can kill you.

The Seeds Of Life

Author: Edward Dolnick
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0465094961
Size: 61.51 MB
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The Seeds of Life is the remarkable and rollicking story of how a series of blundering geniuses and brilliant amateurs struggled for two centuries to discover where, exactly, babies come from.

The Disappearing Spoon

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316089081
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These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.