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Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

 
 
Author
William Bryant Logan.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780393067989
Pages/Publication Date 398/2012
Daedalus Item Code 61172
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(A New York Times Notable Book of 2012) The author of Dirt and Oak, and a faculty member of the New York Botanical Garden, arborist William Bryant Logan gives us a remarkable mosaic portrait of air itself, the quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere, Logan notes. Some 20,000 fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. Nor can air be ignored: the artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium, for example, while the African Sahel suffers drought in part because of airborne industrial dust.

"Air is ... a spore-world of essays, essaylets, mini-biographies, gossip, whispers, lists, prose-poems and asides.... Cheery, chatty and compulsively curious, Mr. Logan is able to draw the reader into pretty much any subject."—Robert Macfarlane

 
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