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Air : the restless shaper of the world

Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Examines the science of the air we breathe and how the smallest molecular changes in composition can make the difference between life and death.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Bryant Logan
ISBN: 9780393067989 039306798X
OCLC Number: 755704968
Description: xiv, 398 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Floating --
Darwin's dust --
The spore sucker --
Where fungi are --
Splash, fire, blow, fling --
The ergot of the rye --
Lifted, lofted, and living --
The pollen rain --
Invisible cities --
Is the furniture poison? --
The air after 9/11 --
pt. 2. Spinning --
Weaving --
Vortices --
Ground truth --
El Greco's clouds --
The big mistake --
The forecasters --
The weather on D-Day --
Forcing --
The winds --
Firestorm --
pt. 3. Flying --
Dragged aloft --
Saab in flight --
The common crane --
Stall practice --
The bat, the bee, the bar-headed goose --
The lee wave --
The wind riders --
What now? --
pt. 4. Telling --
The wilderness of pheromones --
Mother and child communion --
Allure --
The atmosphere of the beloved --
Zooming in --
Aphids in the invisible world --
The bolas spider --
pt. 5. Calling --
What is sound? --
Parrot duets --
The answered question --
Nothing in it but what goes through it --
Enchanted --
Sonata form and chaos --
The Aeolian harp --
pt. 6. Breathing --
The tarpon's breath --
Fenchel's dance --
The quantity of breath --
Fogging the mirror --
Shall these bones live? --
pt. 7. Shining --
Why the daytime sky is light --
There is only one sun --
The sap rising --
The air is a slow cold flame.
Responsibility: William Bryant Logan.


The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth.  Read more...
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"Air is... a spore-world of essays, essaylets, mini-biographies, gossip, whispers, lists, prose-poems and asides. ...Cheery, chatty and compulsively curious, Mr. Logan is able to draw the reader into Read more...

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