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Description - A Light History of Hot Air by Peter Doherty

Nobel Prize-winner Peter Doherty's enthusiasm and curiosity about the world around him informs this atmospheric collection of stories on illumination, hot air and burning in all their guises. Written with great style and richly intimate with personal anecdotes, A Light History of Hot Air is concerned with the world and the simple beauty of science. Doherty shines a unique, tangential light of insight that reveals his subjects in new and unexpected ways. A childhood in Queensland awakens a boy's-own-adventure enthusiasm for trains and ships; further learning leads to admiration for such engineering marvels as the humble refrigerator and the steady march of progress that has brought us from tallow candles to electric lights. Featuring cameos from Albert Einstein, Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens and Thomas the Tank Engine, among others, A Light History of Hot Air is an unmissable treat.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522855234
ISBN-10: 0522855237
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 133mm x 30mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty AC was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine with Swiss colleague, Rolf Zinkernagel, in 1996.

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