Carbon: One Atom’s Odyssey

John Barnett

Carbon: One Atom's Odyssey
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Carbon: One Atom’s Odyssey

John Barnett

An illustrated history of a single atom of carbon, tracing its many manifestations from the Big Bang to the present. 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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