An Ocean of Air (Hardcover)
Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151011247, 288pp.
Publication Date: August 6, 2007
Other Editions of This Title:
• A flamboyant Renaissance Italian discovers how heavy our air really is: The air filling Carnegie Hall, for example, weighs seventy thousand pounds.
• A one-eyed barnstorming pilot finds a set of winds that constantly blow five miles above our heads.
• An impoverished American farmer figures out why hurricanes move in a circle by carving equations with his pitchfork on a barn door.
• A well-meaning inventor nearly destroys the ozone layer.
• A reclusive mathematical genius predicts, thirty years before he’s proved right, that the sky contains a layer of floating metal fed by the glowing tails of shooting stars.
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Praise For An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere…
"A thrilling tale of brilliant researchers . . . not only crystal-clear but also wonderfully dramatic."—THE WASHINGTON POST
"[R]iveting in its vivid portrayal of the great icy catastrophes which may have gripped our planet nearly a billion years ago, and its depiction of the very human scientists involved . . . Both the geological and the human story are brilliantly told."—OLIVER SACKS
— Bill Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything
— Jonathan Weiner, author of The Beak of the Finch
— Mary Roach, author of Stiff