Gasp! : the swift & terrible beauty of air / [Text]
- Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Shoemaker & Hoard Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2004
- x, 414 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -414).
Our airy bodies -- A whole lot of air -- The origins of air -- Once air was simply marvelous -- Air, God, and the guillotine -- Mythic gods of air -- Is there air in heaven? -- The little atmospheric disruptions of man -- A few twentieth century air nightmares -- Clean air dreams -- The black triangle -- One clean breath.
Library Journal, November 2004 Publisher's Weekly, September 2004
A scientific, historical, environmental, and cultural portrait of air, which discusses such topics as air's origins, the biology of human breathing, pollution, poison gas, and the religious significance of breath.