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Matter of Degrees: What the Temperature Reveals About the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe
Gino Segre (au)
Of the 3 fundamental methods of measurement -- time, length, & temp. -- Segre is convinced that temp. is the most revealing. Here, Segre makes his lifelong fascination with temp. the organizing theme of a wide-ranging journey through science, history, & culture. He explores how temp. is bound up with the very essence of both life & inert matter. Why is the internal temp. of most mammals fixed at 98.6, plus or minus a couple of degrees, not matter what climate they inhabit? Why has temp. proved to be so much more difficult to measure than distance & time? How does the quest to reach absolute zero relate to the problem of superconductivity in quantum physics? Segre unfolds a narrative that is at once surprising & brilliantly associative.
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