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

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

Gabrielle Walker


We don’t simply reside within the air; we are living as a result of it. It’s the main outstanding substance on the earth, chargeable for our foodstuff, our climate, our water, and our skill to listen to. during this exuberant ebook, proficient technological know-how author Gabrielle Walker peels again the layers of our surroundings with the tales of the folk who exposed its secrets:

• A flamboyant Renaissance Italian discovers how heavy our air rather is: The air filling Carnegie corridor, for instance, weighs seventy thousand kilos.

• A one-eyed barnstorming pilot unearths a collection of winds that consistently blow 5 miles above our heads.

• An impoverished American farmer figures out why hurricanes circulation in a circle through carving equations together with his pitchfork on a barn door.

• A well-meaning inventor approximately destroys the ozone layer.

• A reclusive mathematical genius predicts, thirty years sooner than he’s proved correct, that the sky features a layer of floating steel fed by way of the gleaming tails of capturing stars.

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