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Caesar's last breath : decoding the secrets of the air around us

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A round-the-globe journey through the periodic table explains how the air people breathe reflects the world's history, tracing the origins and ingredients of the atmosphere to explain air's role in reshaping continents, steering human progress, and powering revolutions.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Kean, Sam.
Caesar's last breath.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
(DLC) 2016954781
(OCoLC)962831326
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Kean
ISBN: 9780316465199 0316465194 9780316381635 0316381632
OCLC Number: 993672109
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 373 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: The last breath --
Making air: our first four atmospheres --
Earth's early air --
The exploding lake --
The devil in the air --
Welding a dangerous weapon --
The curse and blessing of oxygen --
Hotter than the Dickens --
Harnessing air: the human relationship with air --
The wonder-working gas of delight --
Le Pétomane --
Controlled chaos --
Steeling yourself for tragedy --
Into the blue --
Night lights --
Frontiers: the new heavens --
The fallout of fallout --
Albert Einstein and the people's fridge --
Weather wars --
Rumbles from Roswell --
Putting on alien airs.
Responsibility: Sam Kean.
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A round-the-globe journey through the periodic table explains how the air people breathe reflects the world's history, tracing the origins and ingredients of the atmosphere to explain air's role in reshaping continents, steering human progress, and powering revolutions.

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