Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

by William Bryant Logan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393345391
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,337,387
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

William Bryant Logan is a practicing arborist and the author of Dirt, Oak, Air, and Sprout Lands.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1


Darwin's Dust 24

The Spore Sucker 33

Where Fungi Are 48

Splash, Fire, Blow, Fling 50

The Ergot of the Rye 59

Lifted, Lofted, and Living 63

The Pollen Rain 66

Invisible Cities 71

Is the Furniture Poison? 76

The Air after 9/11 82


Weaving 90

Vortices 99

Ground Truth 108

El Greco's Clouds 115

The Big Mistake 122

The Forecasters 128

The Weather on D-Day 139

Forcing 146

The Winds 152

Firestorm 162


Dragged Aloft 168

Saab in Flight 171

The Common Crane 174

Stall Practice 181

The Bat, the Bee, the Bar-Headed Goose 192

The Lee Wave 201

The Wind Riders 205

What Now? 216


The Wilderness of Pheromones 226

Mother and Child Communion 233

Allure 237

The Atmosphere of the Beloved 243

Zooming In 248

Aphids in the Invisible World 255

The Bolas Spider 258


What Is Sound? 262

Parrot Duets 267

Tfce Answered Question 272

Nothing in It but What Goes through It 277

Enchanted 282

Sonata Form and Chaos 289

The Aeolian Harp 295


The Tarpon's Breath 300

Fenchel's Dance 305

The Quantity of Breath 312

Fogging the Mirror 322

Shall These Bones Live? 328


Why the Daytime Sky Is Light 336

There Is Only One Sun 338

The Sap Rising 342

The Air Is a Slow Cold Flame 348

Notes 352

Bibliography 370

Index 385

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Angela_J_R More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely, easy, dreamy read. It's far more a meditation on things having to do with air than a science book. The chapters form a hodge-podge that eventually becomes a picture, but it's part memoir, part poem, and part science. This use of pictures is strange. There are a few pictures, but that are largely not helpful to the author to make his point. And then when he really needs a picture, there isn't one, and his language gets tangled trying to make up for it. The most obvious example is that his chapter on the perception and portrayal of the air in the history of art. He describes paintings but doesn't reprint any of them, and the chapter really withers without them. But there are multiple others points that could have used a picture if he really wanted to make his point clear. But in the end, being perfectly clear may not have been his goal. Just getting us to reflect on the importance and busy-ness of air, the indelible essence that surrounds us every day, is probably the aim of a book like this. And in that, it is successful.