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The Matter of Air

Connor, Steven

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2010. Hardcover. A quirky, comprehensive, cultural history of our perception of air which examines many aspects of our relationship with air, including pollution and climate change, the development of gas heating and lighting, radio atmospherics, poison gas, the allure of effervescence and the development of explosives. Num Pages: 352 pages, 10 black and white. BIC Classification: JFC. Category: (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 222 x 148 x 33. Weight in Grams: 614. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781861897664

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Title: The Matter of Air

Publisher: Reaktion Books

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Take a deep breath. Air—without it, life on Earth would cease to exist. Though not usually seen, its presence is relied upon. At once both ethereal and physical, air has been associated with flight and spirit, and yet it has progressively become a territory that can be claimed through communications, warfare, travel, and scientific exploration. At the same time, air is no longer a completely reliable part of our daily life: like water, it has become an environmental element that must be watched closely for quality and purity.

            A Matter of Air investigates the meanings of air over the last three centuries, including our modern concern over emissions and climate change. Steven Connor looks at the human relationship with air, both positive and negative. His explorations include the dangers posed by radio atmospherics, poison gas, and haze as well as our continued fascination with effervescence and explosives. Drawing ideas from religion, science, art, literature, and philosophy, A Matter of Air creates a comprehensive history of the human perception of air. Thoroughly researched and written with wit and quirky enthusiasm, the book will appeal to a wide range of general readers interested in the environment, human history, and our most essential aspects of life.

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Steven Connor is professor of modern literature and theory in the School of Literature and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. His other books include Fly and The Book of Skin, both published by Reaktion Books.

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