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An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere, Walker, Gabrielle
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Author Name    Walker, Gabrielle

Title   An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Very Good

Publisher    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN Number    0151011249 / 9780151011247

Seller ID   SKU9142019

0151011249 Very Good. Top edge of pages dirty from storage. Light wear to covers/corners. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

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We spend our lives surrounded by air, hardly even noticing it. It's the most miraculous substance on earth, yet responsible for our food, our weather, our water, and our ability to hear. In fact, we live at the bottom of an ocean of air. In this exuberant book, gifted science writer Gabrielle Walker peels back the layers of our atmosphere with the stories of the people who uncovered its secrets: - 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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