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The science and history of what lies between us and space: “I never knew air could be so interesting.” —Bill Bryson, New York Times bestselling author of The Body: A Guide for Occupants An Ocean of Air PDF
A flamboyant Renaissance Italian discovers how heavy our air really is (the air filling Carnegie Hall, for example, weighs seventy thousand pounds). A one-eyed barnstorming pilot finds a set of winds that constantly blow five miles above our heads. An impoverished American farmer figures out why hurricanes move in a circle by carving equations with his pitchfork on a barn door. A well-meaning inventor nearly destroys the ozone layer (he also came up with the idea of putting lead in gasoline). A reclusive mathematical genius predicts, thirty years before he’s proven right, that the sky contains a layer of floating metal fed by the glowing tails of shooting stars.
We don’t just live in the air; we live because of it. It’s the most miraculous substance on earth, responsible for our food, our weather, our water, and our ability to hear. In this exuberant book, science writer Gabrielle Walker peels back the layers of our atmosphere with the stories of the people who have uncovered its secrets.
“A sense of wonder animates Ms. Walker’s high-spirited narrative and speeds it along like a fresh-blowing westerly.The New York Times
“A fabulous introduction to the world above our heads.Daily Mail on Sunday
“A lively history of scientists’ and adventurers’ exploration of this important and complex contributor to life on Earth readers will find this informative book to be a breath of fresh air.Publishers Weekly
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Dimensions and Characteristics of An Ocean of Air PDF
- Identification Number : B004MYFLAO
- Publisher : Mariner Books; First edition (August 4, 2008)
- Publication date : August 4, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 2301 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Lending : Enabled
May 22, 2010
Air is a substance that is an absolute must for survival of multi celled animals, yet most of us know little about it. Certainly we know that is has oxygen and hydrogen in it, but I doubt most people have even a vague idea of why the winds blow, how air exerts pressure or how much air actually weighs.
The author has broken the book into two main sections. The first deals with the major discoveries about air and the men who discovered each of them. She goes into detail about how the experiments worked (or didn’t) and what each was trying to prove. Along the way, she demonstrates nicely that science is not about a single discovery, but about building on what those before you have done.
The second section is more dedicated to what air does. She looks at how winds blow, and why they do so along with why and how air protects us from space and the radioactive particles that are bombarding us on a continual basis. Again, weaving the stories of the men and what they found gives and interesting voyage through time as we learn more about the atmosphere.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to those who have any interest in the atmosphere. It is extremely well written and can be easily understood by people with little or no physics experience. Great read that I completely enjoyed!
July 14, 2020
January 2, 2008
Gabrielle Walker’s “An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere” is really more about the scientists who studied the atmosphere than it is about the atmosphere. Walker traces mankind’s scientific discoveries about the atmosphere from the seventeenth century discovery that air had weight, through the discovery he air or our atmospherof the various gases that comprise the atmosphere, through Marconi’s wireless telegraphy (with no mention of Nikolai Tesla), culminating in Van Allen’s discovery of the magnetic belts that surround the earth and protect us from the sun’s deadly radiation.
The meat of the book, though, focuses on the scientist’s who made these discoveries and how they made them. Walker wrote a short biographical sketch on every featured scientist, and then explained their experiments as they deduced or stumbled into new discoveries about the atmosphere that surrounds us. Unfortunately, this book focuses much more on the scientists than the science itself, and the science of the atmosphere almost gets lost as Walker sees to be more in love with some of the eccentric personalities more than the science of the atmosphere. For example, despite the title, there is only one chapter on the wind and weather — an explanation of the prevalent winds (trade winds, westerlies, and polar easterlies). She even takes us down an odd detour discussing the sinking of the Titanic and the wireless operators on board her, although this had little if anything to do with the rest of the story. In addition to more actual science, this book also would have benefited from many more diagrams than the couple included in the book.
Despite this, this is an entertaining and well-written book, with understandable explanations of the science of the atmosphere when she finally gets around to explaining the hard science. Her underlying story is that our atmosphere is fragile and vital to our existence in more ways than we realize. Although I did enjoy reading this book, at the end I felt that I had learned a lot more about the history of science than I had about “why the wind blows and other mysteries of our atmosphere.”
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