Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean

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It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.

In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

Title : Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
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ISBN : 0316381640
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it ★★★★★

July 18, 2017

Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with my co-reviewer Bill's 5 star review): So much fun! Caesar’s Last Breath is certainly the most enjoyable, informative and accessible popular science book I’ve read, and is gunning for the title of my favorite non-fiction book ever. Sam Ke...

Ctgt rated it ★★★★☆

August 13, 2017

You can capture the entire history of the world in a single breath. Accessible writing with some dry humor and a bit of snarkiness thrown in from time to time. Broken down into three basic parts -the first atmospheres, how our early atmosphere was formed. -human discoveries of the workings of the at...

Glen rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A wonderful book recounting the science surrounding the air around us, and how many of the gases and their properties were discovered, often by accident. Very entertaining stuff, and very educational at the same time. Highly recommended.

Scarlett rated it ★★★★☆

August 14, 2017

Sam Kean does it again! In his typical conversational style, he makes science accessible and fun for the lay person, using odd occurrences from history to explain the gases that make up our atmosphere (and a few others). I really love his writing style because it is so much like how a person woul...

Cj rated it ★★★★★

June 02, 2017

So we talk in it, see in it, we walk in it: and even bring it into our bodies. Sam Kean has written CAEAR'S LAST BREATH to explain what is in the air we breath in our lives. I could say this is a nerd's book on science, however, I found the story of what we are breathing to be extremely enjoyable...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

Great look at the atmosphere This is the third book of Sam Kean’s that I’ve read; the other two were “The Violinist's Thumb” and “The Disappearing Spoon”. I loved the latter two, so I had high expectations for “Caesar’s Last Breath”. I was not disappointed. Once again Kean does some great storytel...

Renee rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2017

I was so excited when I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Little, Brown & Company. I'm always looking for good books that I can share with my High School science students, but it's rare to find a chemistry related book that fits the bill -- Especially one as entertaining and eng...

Mal rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2017

Ever heard of dichlorodifluoromethane? (That's CCl2F2 to you chemistry students.) Well, guess what? You inhale seven trillion molecules of the stuff every time you breathe. Yes, it's in the air we breathe. That's just one of the lesser revelations in Sam Kean's eye-opening and thoroughly enjoyabl...

Leslie rated it ★★★☆☆

May 23, 2017

While ultimately a good read...the book was a little hard to follow in the beginning. I had to read several pages over to make sure I completely understood what the author was talking about. About mid way through the book however it became harder and harder to put the book down. This is definitel...

Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

May 24, 2017

I received an Advanced Reader Copy from a Goodreads giveaway and the book is full of interesting scientific stories and tidbits, related to the air we breathe and the atmosphere around us. My only complaint about the book is that it seems a bit unfocused. The topics are all over the place and on...

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