Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec 12, 2000 - Science - 272 pages
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In this engrossing scientific chronicle, a perennial paperback favorite, Tom Shachtman combines science, history, and adventure in the story of our four-centuries-long quest to master the secrets of cold. Now a documentary based largely on Shachtman’s acclaimed book promises to bring these exhilarating scientific accomplishments to a new audience. Underwritten by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and set to air on PBS and the BBC, the documentary was produced by British Emmy Award winner David Dugan, in collaboration with Meredith Burch of Meridian Productions in Washington, D.C.

Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold demonstrates how temperature science produced astonishing scientific insights and applications that have revolutionized civilization. It also illustrates how scientific advancement, fueled by fortuitous discoveries and the determination of individuals, shapes our understanding of and relation to the world.
  

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User Review  - Andy Kramer - Goodreads

I thought this was a great short-ish history of cold. The author mostly does a good job progressing chronologically through history, but it's noticeable that he spends half the book in the late 1800s ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pancha - Goodreads

A history of artificial cooling. The early chapters are more humanities-based, leading to chemistry and finally to physics and absolute zero. Read full review

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Contents

1 Winter in Summer
1
2 Exploring the Frontiers
16
3 Battle of the Thermometers
36
4 Adventures in the Ice Trade
56
5 The Confraternity of the Overlooked
78
6 Through Heat to Cold
95
7 Of Explosions and Mysterious Mists
109
8 Painting the Map of Frigor
125
10 The Fifth Step
167
11 A Sudden and Profound Disappearance
183
12 Three Puzzles and a Solution
200
13 Mastery of the Cold
219
Back Matter
241
Back Cover
263
Spine
264
Copyright

9 Rare and Common Gases
153

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About the author (2000)

Tom Shachtman has written 25 books, including the acclaimed Around the Block and Skyscraper Dreams. He has also written documentary films and tapes, which have won many awards. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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