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By Peter Adey

Air has continuously been necessary to existence, from the atmospheric composition that gave lifestyles to the forests and vast bugs of the Carboniferous age a few three hundred million years in the past to the air that fuels crucial applied sciences at the present time. we're immersed in a superb ocean of air; from inner combustion and jet engines to fashionable towns with man made climates, air is amazing since it is so frequent and while so intimate. yet by means of handling and manipulating air as a common source, people were taken to the bounds in their survival on the severe occasions of high-altitude mountain peaks and the lows of subterranean worlds. but infrequently are we conscious of air and its fabulous homes.
Air is an leading edge cultural and clinical historical past that specializes in our makes an attempt to appreciate air, to engineer and grapple with it, to make feel of it and locate that means in it. For as crucial as air has been to our philosophical, clinical and technological goals, Peter Adey exhibits that it's via air that the inventive and literary mind's eye has been lifted.
Exploring the paintings of validated figures similar to Marie Curie, Joseph Priestley and John Scott Haldane, in addition to lesser-known pioneers, and together with views from portray, literature and poetry, this richly illustrated e-book will entice a person drawn to the technology in addition to the tradition of this pervasive, usually unregarded but important substance.

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