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Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us; Library Edition Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

4.7 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1478950493 ISBN-10: 1478950498 Edition: Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (18 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478950498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478950493
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.2 x 15.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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Narrator Ben Sullivan makes the stories of scientists like James Watt, Joseph Priestley, and Alfred Nobel entertaining, reading with humor, humanity, and drama. Whether it's the twisted story of laughing gas, with its permutations as a hallucinogen and an anesthetic, or the horrible use of chlorine gas in WWI, there's always a human angle linked to gases. Even listeners who get nothing from the mathematics of molecules will be fascinated by the history recounted and the people who lived it. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

-- "AudioFile"

Compelling stuff, written with verve and in a style that veers between simple lightheartedness and open jocularity... Eminently accessible and enjoyable.

-- "Guardian (London)"

Entertaining...with sly wit and boyish wonder.

-- "Discover magazine"

Kean's ability to explain with clear, vivid analogies provides diverse readers access to previously remote scientific concepts.

-- "Science Magazine"

Kean crams the book full of wild yarns told with humorously dramatic flair.

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

Kean illuminates the science in everything from Earth's vaporous origins to the function of hydrogen in early aeronautic balloons and the ammonia and butane that Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard harnessed in the 1930s for a novel refrigerator.

-- "Nature"

The most fun to be had from nonfiction is a good science book...An enormous pleasure to read.

-- "Mark Kurlansky, author of Paper and Salt"

About the Author

Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, The Disappearing Spoon, and The Violinist's Thumb, all of which were also named Amazon top science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was a runner-up for the Royal Society of London's book of the year for 2010, and The Violinist's Thumb and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons were nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for literary science writing in 2013 and 2015, as well as the AAAS/Subaru Prize. Kean's work has appeared in The Best American Nature and Science Writing, the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times magazine, Psychology Today, Slate, Mental Floss, and other publications, and he has been featured on NPR's Radiolab, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air.


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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 87 reviews
Mal Warwick
5.0 out of 5 starsWhoever knew that air could be fun?
9 August 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Lowe
5.0 out of 5 starsA galaxy of stars for this great addition to human understanding.
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david perkins
5.0 out of 5 starsA super look at the air we breath
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Collin Waltner
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book is an excellent addition to Sam Kean's catalog
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William Edward Schenck
5.0 out of 5 starsIt’s amazing what we breathe.
27 February 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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