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By Sam Kean

it truly is invisible. it truly is ever-present. with no it, you will die in mins. And it has an epic tale to tell.

In Caesar's final Breath, big apple Times bestselling writer Sam Kean takes us on a trip during the periodic desk, around the world, and throughout time to inform the tale of the air we breathe, which, it seems, is usually the tale of earth and our life on it.

With each breath, you actually inhale the heritage of the realm. at the ides of March, forty four BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds at the Senate flooring, however the tale of his final breath remains to be unfolding; in truth, you are most likely breathing in a few of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules getting into or leaving your lungs at this second, a few may well good endure strains of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gasoline, debris exhaled by means of dinosaurs or emitted through atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

Tracing the origins and materials of our surroundings, Kean unearths how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, prompt human development, powered revolutions, and keeps to steer every thing we do. alongside the best way, we are going to swim with radioactive pigs, witness crucial chemical reactions people have came across, and sign up for the gang on the Moulin Rouge for a number of the crudest functionality artwork of all time. energetic, witty, and choked with the dazzling technology of normal existence, Caesar's final Breath illuminates the technology tales swirling round us each second.

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