By Sam Kean

ISBN-10: 0316381640

ISBN-13: 9780316381642

ISBN-10: 0316381659

ISBN-13: 9780316381659

ISBN-10: 1478950528

ISBN-13: 9781478950523

The Guardian's most sensible technology booklet of 2017

One of Science News's favourite technological know-how Books of 2017

The interesting technology and historical past of the air we breathe

It's invisible. it is ever-present. with no it, you will die in mins. And it has an epic tale to tell.

In Caesar's final Breath, long island Times bestselling writer Sam Kean takes us on a trip throughout the periodic desk, world wide, and throughout time to inform the tale of the air we breathe, which, it seems, is additionally the tale of earth and our lifestyles on it.

With each breath, you actually inhale the historical past of the area. at the ides of March, forty four BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds at the Senate ground, however the tale of his final breath remains to be unfolding; in truth, you are most likely breathing in a few of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules getting into or leaving your lungs at this second, a few may good endure lines of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gasoline, debris exhaled by way of dinosaurs or emitted through atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

Tracing the origins and components of our surroundings, Kean finds how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, suggested human growth, powered revolutions, and maintains to steer every thing we do. alongside the way in which, we will swim with radioactive pigs, witness an important chemical reactions people have came upon, and subscribe to the group on the Moulin Rouge for the various crudest functionality artwork of all time. vigorous, witty, and packed with the awesome technological know-how of normal lifestyles, Caesar's final Breath illuminates the technology tales swirling round us each second.

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