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As he did for one end of the temperature spectrum in Cold, Streever, a biologist and nature writer, examines in detail what “hot” means. From tropical climates to fevers to rituals involving a walk on burning coals, this study explains the science behind heat and delves into the history of its use, from the invention of matches to thermonuclear weapons.
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You might remember the book called Cold that ended up gracing the cover of New York Times Book Review and went on to become a national bestseller Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places by scientist and nature writer Bill Streever captured people’s imaginations and you hosted a great event with him. The book was full of enlightening scientific data and facts about why Cold was more important to our planet than we realized. The trend of a warming planet continues. We see it in the world’s melting glaciers, warming oceans, forest fires, and droughts—there’s no doubt our world is getting hotter. Now, Bill Streever returns with a look at the other side of the spectrum in HEAT: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places (Little, Brown; Hardcover; January 2012). Publishers Weekly selected it as one of its top 10 science books for the fall. As the reality of our changing climate gains more public attention and big storms smack this into our daily conscience, Streever helps us to understand the factors at play and the high stakes involved in hot temperatures. While we can feel the agony of a sunburn or rest comfortably with our winter heaters on, few of us really understand the science of heat. As he did with Cold, Streever sets out on a journey of discovery, leaving no stone unturned—literally. With Bill Streever as our guide, we explore what heat really means: Firewalk across hot coals Sweat it out in Death Valley Experience intense fever and fire Learn about the invention of matches Explore the chemistry of cooking Explore thermonuclear weapons
And relive the hottest occurrence of all: the big bang!
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