Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

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By (author) William Bryant Logan

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 28mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393345394
  • ISBN 13: 9780393345391
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 832,541

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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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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 "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." The Guardian "Logan's science writing is impressively agile. The way he shifts focus from the minute detail to the broad vista is both revealing and satisfying...this book is a wonderfully multifaceted exploration of this most ephemeral and least-considered aspect of the world." New Scientist "Air is a diffuse collection of colourfully narrated stories. With smatterings of the author's philosophy it is an easily digestible yet rich feast..." The Biologist "...delivers vast amounts of science with brevity and elegance." Nature