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Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places

Bill Streever

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Prose: non-fiction, Popular science, Educational: Geography

An adventurous ride through the most blisteringly hot regions of science, history, and culture.

A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to any extreme to uncover the answers, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide and you'll firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time-the big bang.

Melting glaciers, warming oceans, forest fires, droughts-it's clear that today's world is getting hotter. But while we know the agony of a sunburn or the comfort of our winter heaters, do we really understand heat?

Written in Streever's signature spare and refreshing prose, HEAT is an a compulsively readable personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its complete connection to daily life.

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Praise for Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places

  • Intense, pacy read...Simmering with verve throughout - Nature

  • Thoroughly entertaining...Streever operates in some of the same territory as Mary Roach and Bill Bryson: taking on big, serious topics, and making them entertaining without making them trivial. - San Francisco Chronicle

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