Caesar's Last Breath

Caesar's Last Breath

Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"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."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316381642
Branch Call Number: ANF 546 KEA
Characteristics: viii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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becker
Aug 12, 2020

This is one of those chatty books that teaches you a lot about science through a series of engaging stories and scenarios. Somewhat like the style of Bill Bryson or Malcolm Gladwell, although probably not as strong as those writers. The fault I found in this book is that it's a bit scattered and lacking a clear vision. I always felt like I was trying to find the groove. However it was still entertaining and worth reading and a great way to pick up a little knowledge in a very relaxed, story telling format.

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patcarstensen
Feb 17, 2020

He sneaks a lot of science -- and makes it easy to understand -- into this enjoyable account.

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pm221
Jan 05, 2018

Very basic chemistry of gases illustrated by some fascinating historical side lights on the work of Priestley, Lavoisier, Watt et al up to the development and testing of the Hydrogen bomb. More interesting from the historical point of view than scientific, but some very good fun for all that.

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