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|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing||Publication Year:||2016|
|The refrigerator may seem mundane nowadays, but it is one of the wonders of twentieth-century science--lifesaver, food preserver, social liberator. Part historical narrative, part scientific decoder, CHILLED recounts early efforts to harness the cold at the ice pits of Persia and ice harvests on the Regents Canal. As people learned more about what cold actually was, scientists invented machines for producing it on demand. The discovery of refrigeration and its applications features a cast ofcharacters that includes the Ice King of Boston, Galileo, Francis Bacon, an expert on gnomes, a magician who chilled a cathedral, a Renaissance duke addicted to iced eggnog, and a Bavarian nobleman from New England. Refrigeration technology has been crucial in some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last one hundred years, from the discovery of superconductors to the search for the Higgs boson. And the fridge will still be pulling the strings behind the scenes as teleporters and intelligent-computer brains turn our science-fiction vision of the future into fact.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||219811793|
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|Number of Pages||272 Pages|
|Lc Classification Number||Tp492|
|Reviews||Tom Jackson packs an amazing amount of information into this fascinating history of humanity's ongoing quest for refrigeration ... Jackson magnificently shows that science is 'cool.', "An entertaining romp through the history of refrigeration." -- The Wall Street Journal "Jackson's chronicle of cool will give you new appreciation for the (relatively) recent and now indispensable invention." -- Discover magazine "To understand why electric cool is so important--which is the premise of Jackson's new book--it helps to remember a world without it, when people relied on ice cut from ponds and rivers to preserve their food and chill their drinks." -- Time magazine "Highly entertaining." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune "There's much to wonder at in Jackson's captivating book." --starred review, Kirkus Reviews "Packs an amazing amount of information into this fascinating history of humanity's ongoing quest for refrigeration." --starred review, Publishers Weekly "Jackson's spirited explanations of centuries-old scientific experiments relating to the transmutation of gases into water, finding absolute zero, and identifying chemical elements--to name a few--will be most appreciated by readers with a strong interest in the physical sciences." -- Booklist|
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