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An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere (original 2007; edition 2008)
An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere by Gabrielle Walker (2007)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151011249, Hardcover)
We spend our lives surrounded by air, hardly even noticing it. It’s the most miraculous substance on earth, yet responsible for our food, our weather, our water, and our ability to hear. In fact, we live at the bottom of an ocean of air. In this exuberant book, gifted science writer Gabrielle Walker peels back the layers of our atmosphere with the stories of the people who uncovered its secrets: 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. A reclusive mathematical genius predicts, thirty years before he’s proved right, that the sky contains a layer of floating metal fed by the glowing tails of shooting stars.
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"Air is about more than just breathing. Air miraculously transforms into solid food, and without it every creature on earth would starve; it wraps our planet in a blanket of warmth; the floating mirror of metal in the air allows radio signals to bounce around the world; and the outer layer of our atmosphere shields us from sun flares that are more violent than all the world's nuclear warheads put together. In this work, Gabrielle Walker peels back the layers of our atmosphere with stories of the people who uncovered its secrets."--BOOK JACKET.
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