Download e-book for iPad: Caesar's Last Breath: The Epic Story of The Air Around Us by Sam Kean

By Sam Kean

it is invisible. it really is ever-present. with no it, you are going to die in mins. And it has an epic tale to tell.

In Caesar's final Breath, big apple Times bestselling writer Sam Kean takes us on a trip during the periodic desk, all over the world, and throughout time to inform the tale of the air we breathe, which, it seems, can be the tale of earth and our life on it.

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

Tracing the origins and parts of our surroundings, Kean finds how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, suggested human development, powered revolutions, and maintains to persuade every little thing we do. alongside the best way, we will swim with radioactive pigs, witness crucial chemical reactions people have came upon, and subscribe to the gang on the Moulin Rouge for a number of the crudest functionality paintings of all time. full of life, witty, and jam-packed with the astonishing technology of standard existence, Caesar's final Breath illuminates the technology tales swirling round us each second.

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