Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places

Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places

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By (author) Bill Streever

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  • Publisher: BACK BAY BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 204mm x 30mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316105325
  • ISBN 13: 9780316105323
  • Illustrations note: 12 b/w illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 1,278,106

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A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to any extreme to uncover the answers, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide and you'll firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time-the big bang. Melting glaciers, warming oceans, forest fires, droughts-it's clear that today's world is getting hotter. But while we know the agony of a sunburn or the comfort of our winter heaters, do we really understand heat? Written in Streever's signature spare and refreshing prose, HEAT is an a compulsively readable personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its complete connection to daily life.

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Bill Streever is the author of the national bestseller, Cold. He lives in Alaska.

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Thoroughly entertaining...Streever operates in some of the same territory as Mary Roach and Bill Bryson: taking on big, serious topics, and making them entertaining without making them trivial. San Francisco Chronicle