How Everything Connects
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Starting with the age of the earth and ending with the life cycle of stars, Paul S. Braterman’s From Stars to Stalagmites is a thoroughly engaging, whirlwind tour of the Universe as seen through the eyes of chemistry. Along the way, we’ll read about the link between synthetic fertilizers and explosives, see what stalagmites can tell us about past climates, examine the ozone hole mystery (and how it was solved), follow the unlikely discovery of the noble gasses, and discover how the Philistines and Phoenicians mastered metallurgy. From there, things get even more intriguing as a chapter takes us to the edge of the subatomic realm where waves are particles and vice-versa. We also see why things have shapes, why grass is green and blood is red, why water is “wet,” and how molecular recognition is the basis of life.
Throughout, From Stars to Stalagmites does a masterful job of explaining not just what we know but also how we know it, pulling us into the stories of the scientists who got us that hard-won knowledge. Helping to put the underlying science of topics like thermodynamics and entropy in a more meaningful context, it shows just how vibrant the field of chemistry really is.
Softcover Book : 328 pages
Publisher: World Scientific Publications ( March 27, 2012 )
Item #: 13-575131
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 inches
Product Weight: 17.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)