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We think we can control the elements but recent disasters like the tsunami of 26th December 2004 and Hurricane Katrina make it clear that we cannot. Never has it been more essential to understand how and why they happen. In a book that brings together science, history, literature and mythology, Rebecca Rupp demonstrates how humans relate to the elements. Full of intriguing facts and fascinating stories, Four Elements examines why we call people airy fairy, fiery tempered or down to earth; why the US National Bureau of Standards actually calculated the temperature of the pit of hell (44 degrees C); how the eruption of Tambora in 1815 inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein; and why there is a 98.2% chance that an air molecule in your lungs at this precise moment was one of Caesar's last breaths. Four Elements is a journey of discovery through the elements - real and symbolic - that shape our lives. No one will leave this book without feeling hugely enriched.
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It is a down-to-earth, sky-high romp through reality: every page an eye-opener. (Tim Radford Guardian)
A book of popular science so replete with illuminating facts that they seem to ricochet about like volatile atoms. (Financial Times)
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Book Description Profile Books, 2006. Paperback. Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Seller Inventory # CHL2805475
Book Description Profile Books, 2006. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. FAST Despatch by First Class Royal Mail. Seller Inventory # mon0000046866