Heat: Adventures in the World's Fiery Places

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Little, Brown, Jan 15, 2013 - Science - 368 pages
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An adventurous ride through the most blisteringly hot regions of science, history, and culture.

Melting glaciers, warming oceans, droughts-it's clear that today's world is getting hotter. But while we know the agony of a sunburn or the comfort of our winter heaters, do we really understand heat?

A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to any extreme to uncover the answers, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide and you'll firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time-the big bang.

Written in Streever's signature spare and refreshing prose, HEAT is an adventurous personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its relationship to daily life.

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Excellent book, good writer. - Goodreads
It's just horrifically boring writing. - Goodreads
Well written, good imagery, and interesting. - Goodreads
Agh! But more than that the writing is just bad. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

Excellent book, good writer. Informative and funny. Likely need to be a bit nerdy to enjoy. Read full review

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User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

“Mr. Madison Streever, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Bill Streever is the author of the national bestseller, Cold. He chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel in Alaska and serves on many related committees, including a climate change advisory panel. A biologist, he lives with his son in Anchorage, where he hikes, bikes, camps, scuba dives, and cross country skies, as often as the weather allows.

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