Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

Air: The Restless Shaper of the World


By (author) William Bryant Logan

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 43mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 039306798X
  • ISBN 13: 9780393067989
  • Sales rank: 637,421

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Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilising the earth. Twenty thousand fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. The chemical sense of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn's awareness of its mother's breast - all take place in the medium of air. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logan's work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is - like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle - a treasure trove of discovery.

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Author information

William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist. He is the author of the "wise and excellent" (March Cocker, The Times Literary Supplement), Oak (ISBN 978 0 393 32778 6) and Dirt (ISBN 978 0 393 32947 6) the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary.

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"A joyous read from a brilliant communicator." The Bookseller