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By Peter Adey

Air has continuously been necessary to lifestyles, from the atmospheric composition that gave lifestyles to the forests and colossal bugs of the Carboniferous age a few three hundred million years in the past to the air that fuels an important applied sciences this present day. we're immersed in a very good ocean of air; from inner combustion and jet engines to trendy towns with synthetic climates, air is notable since it is so frequent and whilst so intimate. yet by way of dealing with and manipulating air as a typical 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 hardly are we conscious of air and its outstanding homes.
Air is an leading edge cultural and medical background that specializes in our makes an attempt to appreciate air, to engineer and grapple with it, to make experience of it and locate which means in it. For as crucial as air has been to our philosophical, medical and technological ambitions, Peter Adey exhibits that it really is via air that the inventive and literary mind's eye has been lifted.
Exploring the paintings of proven figures akin 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 publication will attract a person drawn to the technological know-how in addition to the tradition of this pervasive, frequently unregarded but very important substance.

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