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A matter of degrees : what temperature reveals about the past and future of our species, planet, and universe.

Author: Gino Segrè
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2003.
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Theorizes that temperature is the most revealing method of measurement, considering such topics as the fixed internal temperature of most mammals and the significance of hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.
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Segrè, Gino.
Matter of degrees.
New York : Penguin, 2003
(OCoLC)895355261
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gino Segrè
ISBN: 014200278X 9780142002780 0670031011 9780670031016
OCLC Number: 53263380
Description: xviii, 300 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction: The ruler, the clock, and the thermometer --
98.6. Constant temperature --
Into the Sahara --
Into the Antarctic --
When things go wrong --
Shocks from heat --
Measure for measure. First sparks --
Thermometer's four inventors --
Count from Massachusetts --
Steam power --
Thermodynamics' three laws --
Entropy and life --
Reading the earth. Copernicus's harmony --
Minister, the lawyer, and the fossil fish expert --
Cycles of ice --
Tundra's bloom --
El Nino, old and new --
Greenhouse effect : the basic science --
Greenhouse effect : the history --
Greenhouse effect : the politics --
Life in the extremes. Barton and Beebe's bathysphere --
Clambake I : hydrothermal vents --
Some like it hot --
Snowball earth --
Third branch of life --
Melting the earth --
Extraterrestrial life --
Life under two miles of ice --
Messages from the sun. At the core --
Cosmic gall --
Thermal aside : Gamow, Rutherford, and nuclear barriers --
Star is born --
Black holes and little green men --
Founding elements : hydrogenand helium --
Three-degree photons, two-degree neutrinos --
Big bang and the big crunch --
Quantum leap. Faraday's perfect gases --
Last liquid --
Superconductivity --
Duality, exclusion, and uncertainty --
Low-temperature world --
Einstein's refrigerator --
Chandra's journey --
Into the future.

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Theorizes that temperature is the most revealing method of measurement, considering such topics as the fixed internal temperature of most mammals and the significance of hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

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