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Caesar's Last Breath: And Other True Tales of History, Science, and the Sextillions of Molecules in the Air Around Us

Author: Sam Kean.

Caesar's Last Breath: And Other True Tales of History, Science, and the Sextillions of Molecules in the Air Around Us

Author: Sam Kean.

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Item #: D20551
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Back Bay
ISBN: 9780316381659
It's invisible, ever-present, and essential, with a chemical profile encompassing billions of years of history. In this 2017 Guardian Science Book of the Year (following his similarly lauded The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist's Thumb, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons), Sam Kean tells the story of the air we breathe—which, it turns out, is also the story of Earth ... More
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It's invisible, ever-present, and essential, with a chemical profile encompassing billions of years of history. In this 2017 Guardian Science Book of the Year (following his similarly lauded The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist's Thumb, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons), Sam Kean tells the story of the air we breathe—which, it turns out, is also the story of Earth and our existence on it. Kean breezes through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time, revealing how the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, or even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.


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