Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold

ISBN-10: 0618082395
ISBN-13: 9780618082391
Edition: 1999
Authors: Tom Shachtman
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

In this engrossing scientific chronicle, a perennial paperback favorite, Tom Shachtman combines science, history, and adventure in the story of our four-centuries-long quest to master the secrets of cold. Now a documentary based largely on Shachtmans acclaimed book promises to bring these exhilarating scientific accomplishments to a new audience. Underwritten by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and set to air on PBS and the BBC, the documentary was produced by British Emmy Award winner David Dugan, in collaboration with Meredith Burch of Meridian Productions in Washington, D.C. Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold demonstrates how temperature science produced astonishing scientific insights and applications that have revolutionized civilization. It also illustrates how scientific advancement, fueled by fortuitous discoveries and the determination of individuals, shapes our understanding of and relation to the world.

Tom Shachtman has written twenty-five books, including the best-selling "The Gilded Leaf" (with Patrick Reynolds), as well as documentaries for all of the major television networks.

Winter in Summer
Exploring the Frontiers
Battle of the Thermometers
Adventures in the Ice Trade
The Confraternity of the Overlooked
Through Heat to Cold
Of Explosions and Mysterious Mists
Painting the Map of Frigor
Rare and Common Gases
The Fifth Step
A Sudden and Profound Disappearance
Three Puzzles and a Solution
Mastery of the Cold
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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