Heat : Adventures In The World’s Fiery Places by Bill Streever

Heat : Adventures In The World's Fiery Places by Bill Streever

An exhilarating journey through the most scorching realms of science, history, and culture awaits those who delve into this captivating book. As the world around us continues to sizzle with melting glaciers, warming oceans, and persistent droughts, it becomes abundantly clear that the heat is on. However, while we may be familiar with the pain of a sunburn or the cozy warmth of our winter heaters, do we truly grasp the essence of heat?

Enter Bill Streever, a bestselling scientist and intrepid nature writer, who stops at nothing to unravel the mysteries of this fundamental force. Setting off on a quest to unlock the true meaning of heat, Streever invites you to travel alongside him on a thrilling escapade. Prepare to stroll barefoot across scalding hot coals, endure the sweltering temperatures of Death Valley, and witness the power of raging fever and fiery conflagrations. Along the way, you’ll uncover the fascinating tale of how matches were invented, unravel the intricate chemistry of cooking, taste a sip of crude oil’s untamed essence, and even explore the chilling realm of thermonuclear weapons. Brace yourself, for this extraordinary odyssey culminates in a mind-bending revelation—the mind-blowing heat of the big bang, the hottest moment in the history of the cosmos.

With his trademark style of concise and invigorating prose, Streever provides an exhilarating personal narrative that forever transforms our understanding of this ubiquitous phenomenon. Prepare to embark on an eye-opening adventure that unravels the intricacies of heat—how it operates, its rich historical significance, and its profound connection to our everyday lives.

Josh’s Book Haul: Thanksgiving Weekend Finds: 9 Fiction and 5 Nonfiction Gems

Hi there! This is Josh from Literary Gladiators, and today I’m here with a book haul during Thanksgiving weekend. I paid visits to two of my favorite book stores for a Black Friday. I went to the Book Garden in Cream Ridge, where I recently did a haul, and for Small Business Saturday, I visited the Book Worm in Surf City, New Jersey. While I was there, I bought a total of nine books – five fiction and four nonfiction – that caught my attention for various reasons. Let’s dive right into sharing them!

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Vinegar Girl is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. Inspired by the concept and having recently picked up Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, which is a retelling of The Tempest, I decided to explore this retelling as well. Retellings may not be my favorite thing, but we can think metaphorically and say that even East of Eden by John Steinbeck is a retelling of the book of Genesis, and that one was brilliant!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

This book caught my attention because the main character, Oscar, may have Asperger’s syndrome. Stories exploring such topics always interest me. The plot revolves around a key left by Oscar’s father, who died during 9/11 in the World Trade Center. Oscar embarks on an adventure around New York City to discover what the key unlocks.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

This book intrigued me because Kazuo Ishiguro, the author, is the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The plot, as described on the back of the book, appeals to me the most. It follows Lord Darlington, an English butler, as he reflects on his accomplishments in life and enters the winding down stages.

The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon

I came across the name Aleksandar Hemon because he was an editor for Best European Fiction. The plot of this novel, which revolves around a starving artist trying to pitch his play and make a name for himself in the writing world, just appeals to me.

An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine by Howard Markel

This nonfiction book explores the experiences of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted with cocaine and how one became a renowned psychiatrist while the other became a renowned surgeon. It raises questions about drug use and its effects on individuals who reach great heights in their respective fields. Personally, the image of cocaine – “puts holes in your heart” as mentioned by Gary Johnson during a third-party debate – keeps me away from any drug that does more harm than good.

The Sun: A Biography by David Whitehouse

This micro history about the sun, our most important star, and its significance to Earth and other planets in our universe caught my attention. I find books about singular subjects fascinating, and I look forward to delving into the history and importance of the sun.

Polar and Heat by Bill Streever

These two books by the same author explore the coldest and hottest places in the world. With Christmas, Hannukah, and the Yuletide approaching, it reminds me of The Year Without a Santa Claus and Mr. Heat Meister, but Streever’s books offer a real-life perspective on extreme temperatures and the experiences one can endure in these places.

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

I recently obtained a copy of The Soul of an Octopus for my dad, who doesn’t have as extensive a book collection as I do. Books about singular animals and topics have always interested me. This particular book explores our understanding of consciousness through other animals, specifically the octopus. I’m excited to read about Godfrey-Smith’s research and insights.

These are all the books I purchased at the Book Worm. Thank you for tuning in to this article, and I encourage you to keep reading!

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