Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
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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Review: Absolute Zero and the Conquest of ColdUser 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
Review: Absolute Zero and the Conquest of ColdUser Review - Thomas - Goodreads
I enjoyed this book a lot, though it was a lot of work to follow the science at times. As several reviewers stated, it is in the general spirit of Dava Sobel's classic Longitude. However, this one is ... Read full review
2 Exploring the Frontiers
3 Battle of the Thermometers
4 Adventures in the Ice Trade
5 The Confraternity of the Overlooked
6 Through Heat to Cold
7 Of Explosions and Mysterious Mists
8 Painting the Map of Frigor
9 Rare and Common Gases