Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

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The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth. 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, fertilizing the dirt. 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 newborna€™s awareness of its mothera€™s breasta€”all take place in the medium of air. Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly a€œsafea€ air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logana€™s work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air isa€”like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beaglea€”a treasure trove of discovery.On an early demonstration flight of the Airbus A320, the plane was supposed to make a low pass over an airport, then ... the circuit breakers are, because if a computer malfunctions they must disable it in order to get manual control of the plane.

Title:Air: The Restless Shaper of the World
Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2012-08-20

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