Carbon - One Atom's Odyssey

Author(s): John Barnett; Roald Hoffman (Foreword by)


A richly illustrated history of a single atom of carbon, tracing its many manifestations from the Big Bang to the present. Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey is an illustrated adaptation of 'Carbon,' a short story from Italian chemist, writer, and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi. It traces the life story and many molecular manifestations of a single atom of this life-essential element. You'll follow one atom from its spectacular birth 14 billion years ago through its harrowing journey on planet earth where it has become a basic building block of nearly 10 million known compounds in living things. You'll learn that carbon:    * Is breathed in by the Peregrine Falcon    * Helps trees grow strong and tall    * Lets a moth's eye make sense of light    * Is found in your pencil as well as in your liver    * And even helps convert grapes into wine In this wondrous graphic journey, clever narrative and detailed art help bring to life the natural world and teach you a thing or two about how it was created. For anyone with a general interest in chemistry, physics, and the science of the universe, this beautiful book will both educate and inspire. If you're ready for a STEAM adventure, then let the journey begin!


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General Fields

  • : 9781718501225
  • : No Starch Press, Incorporated
  • : No Starch Press, Incorporated
  • : 0.368317
  • : May 2021
  • : --- length: - '11' width: - '8.5' units: - Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Barnett; Roald Hoffman (Foreword by)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 64