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Caesar's last breath: decoding the secrets of the air around us
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New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
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viii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Carmichael
540.9 K24 2017
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540.9 K24 2017
North Sacramento-Hagginwood
540.9 K24 2017

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The Guardian's Best Science Book of 2017: the fascinating science and history of the air we breathe.
It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.
In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it. With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world.
On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.
Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

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First edition.
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English
ISBN:
9780316381642, 0316381640

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-362) and index.

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APA Citation (style guide)

Kean, S. (2017). Caesar's last breath: decoding the secrets of the air around us. First edition. New York, Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Kean, Sam. 2017. Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us. New York, Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Kean, Sam, Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us. New York, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

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Kean, Sam. Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us. First edition. New York, Little, Brown and Company, 2017.

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