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Absolute zero and the conquest of cold

Author: Tom Shachtman
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000. ©1999
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First Mariner books editionView all editions and formats
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"A lovely, fascinating book, which brings science to life."--Alan Lightman In this engrossing scientific chronicle, a perennial paperback favorite, Tom Shachtman combines science, history, and adventure in the story of our four-centuries-long quest to master the secrets of cold. Now a documentary based largely on Shachtman's acclaimed book promises to bring these exhilarating scientific accomplishments to a new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Shachtman, Tom, 1942-
Absolute zero and the conquest of cold.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000, ©1999
(OCoLC)45450837
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Shachtman
ISBN: 9780547525952 0547525958
OCLC Number: 1011499426
Notes: "A Mariner book."
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Winter in summer --
Exploring the frontiers --
Battle of the thermometers --
Adventures in the ice trade --
Confraternity of the overlooked --
Through heat to cold --
Of explosions and mysterious mists --
Painting the map of Frigor --
Rare and common gases --
Fifth step --
Sudden and profound disappearance --
Three puzzles and a solution --
Mastery of the cold.
Responsibility: Tom Schachtman.

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"A lovely, fascinating book, which brings science to life."--Alan Lightman In this engrossing scientific chronicle, a perennial paperback favorite, Tom Shachtman combines science, history, and adventure in the story of our four-centuries-long quest to master the secrets of cold. Now a documentary based largely on Shachtman's acclaimed book promises to bring these exhilarating scientific accomplishments to a new audience. Underwritten by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and set to air on PBS and the BBC, the documentary was produced by British Emmy Award winner David Dugan, in collaboration with Meredith Burch of Meridian Productions in Washington, D.C. Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold demonstrates how temperature science produced astonishing scientific insights and applications that have revolutionized civilization. It also illustrates how scientific advancement, fueled by fortuitous discoveries and the determination of individuals, shapes our understanding of and relation to the world.

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