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Author: Peter Adey
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780232950
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Outside of yoga class, we don’t pay too much attention to the air we take in every day. Long one of the essential elements to life on earth—from the atmospheric composition that gave life to the coal-forming forests some three hundred million years ago to the air that fuels our most important technologies today—we think little of its incredible properties. In this innovative cultural and scientific history, Peter Adey takes stock of the great ocean of air that surrounds us, exploring our attempts to understand, engineer, make sense of, and find meaning in it. Adey examines how humans have managed and manipulated air as a natural resource and, in doing so, have been taken to the limits of survival, brought to high-altitude mountain peaks, subterranean worlds, and the troughs of new moral depths. Going beyond how vital air has been to our philosophical, scientific, and technological pursuits, he also reveals the way that the artistic and literary imagination has been lifted through air and how, in air, cultures have learned to express and inspire each other. Combining established figures such as Joseph Priestley, John Scott Haldane, and Marie Curie with unlikely individuals from painting, literature, and poetry, this richly illustrated book unlocks new perspectives into the science and culture of this pervasive but unnoticed substance.


Author: Maria Golia
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 178023547X
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Among the rarest things on earth, meteorites carry an air of mystery and drama while having left a pervasive, outsized mark on our planet and civilization. In Meteorite, Maria Golia tells the long history of our engagement with these sky-born space rocks. Arriving amid thunderous blasts and flame-streaked skies, meteorites were once thought to be messengers from the gods. Worshipped in the past, now scrutinized with equal zeal by scientists, meteorites helped sculpt Earth’s features and have shaped our understanding of the planet’s origins. Prized for their outlandish qualities, meteorites are a collectible and a commodity, objects of art and artists’ desires and a literary muse; and ‘meteorite hunting’ is an adventurous, lucrative profession for some and an addictive hobby for thousands of others. A richly illustrated, remarkably wide-ranging account of the culture and science surrounding meteorites, Golia’s book explores the ancient, lasting power of the meteorite to inspire and awe.

Earth Air Fire Water

Author: Jill K. Conway
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781558492219
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A collection of papers on alternative approaches to environmental issues, written in an accessible style and aimed at a general audience. Sections cover the elements and our understanding of them, social institutions and human-nature interactions, and modern technology's affect on our imagination.

Return To Nature

Author: Adolf Just
Publisher: Health Research Books
ISBN: 9780787304850
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1904 the true natural method of healing and living and the true salvation of the soul. Paradise Regained; the Care of the Body; Water; Human Curative Power; Light; Air; Earth; Food; Fruit Culture. the author claims his method will bring restora.

People And Places Of Nature And Culture

Author: Rodney James Giblett
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 1841504017
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Argues for an extension of an ethics and practice of landcare beyond the conservation of special places. Develops a new ecology, based on reference to a wide range of British, American, and Australian people and places of nature and culture.

Nature Across Cultures

Author: Helaine Selin
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401701490
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Nature Across Cultures: Views of Nature and the Environment in Non-Western Cultures consists of about 25 essays dealing with the environmental knowledge and beliefs of cultures outside of the United States and Europe. In addition to articles surveying Islamic, Chinese, Native American, Aboriginal Australian, Indian, Thai, and Andean views of nature and the environment, among others, the book includes essays on Environmentalism and Images of the Other, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Worldviews and Ecology, Rethinking the Western/non-Western Divide, and Landscape, Nature, and Culture. The essays address the connections between nature and culture and relate the environmental practices to the cultures which produced them. Each essay contains an extensive bibliography. Because the geographic range is global, the book fills a gap in both environmental history and in cultural studies. It should find a place on the bookshelves of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars, as well as in libraries serving those groups.

The Playful Air Of Light Ness In Irish Literature And Culture

Author: Marta Goszczyńska
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443830895
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While discussions in the field of Irish Studies traditionally gravitate towards themes of struggle, oppression and death, the present book originates from a contradictory impulse. Without losing sight of Ireland’s troubled history and the complexities that shape its present, it centres on instances of playfulness, light(ness) and air in Irish literature and culture. Refracted through the prism of contemporary philosophy (notably of Italo Calvino, Luce Irigaray and María Lugones), these categories serve as the basis for thirteen essays by academics from Poland, the UK, Germany and Spain. Some of these offer fresh readings of such seminal authors as W. B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney and John Banville; others look at lesser-known figures, such as Eimar O’Duffy and Forrest Reid, who, before now, have received little scholarly attention.

Pieces Of Air In The Epic

Author: Brenda Hillman
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819567871
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Innovative lyric poetry breathes new life into 21st century nature and culture.


Author: Derek M. Elsom
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780235461
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Few phenomena inspire more awe than lightning. Streaking across the sky, it daunts us with its power and amazes us with its beauty. In Lightning, Derek M. Elsom explores this natural phenomenon and traces the long history of our study of it. From early civilizations’ assumptions that it was the work of gods, through eighteenth-century scientific analyses (and, yes, Ben Franklin’s kite), Elsom tells about our efforts to understand and explain lightning. He explores the many surprising folklore beliefs about lightning protection and contrasts these with today's scientific approaches. Alongside scientific explorations, he also tracks the path of lightning through our culture, from myths and legends to art and design. In addition, Elsom offers handy tips for avoiding getting struck by lightning. Beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs and artistic renderings, this striking book will appeal equally to weather buffs and folklorists, scientists and artists.

Living With The Earth

Author: Rod Giblett
Publisher: Salt Pub
ISBN: 9781844710096
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This book is about the relationship between humans and the earth, people and place, culture and nature. It argues that the concepts and categories of natural history, scientific ecology, landscape aesthetics and their associated practices in conservation landscapes and industrial land use work-over (if not overwork) nature (land, living beings, air and water). By contrast, conservation counter-aesthetics, Australian Aboriginal Country and symbiotic livelihood in a bioregion work (with) the earth as living being. Beginning with a historical account of the cultural construction of nature, it ends with a contemporary discussion of land symbiotic. It moves from the discourse of nature as dead machine to the practices of living with the earth as living being. On the way it critiques nature conservationism in national parks and wilderness for its will to mastery over nature. It goes on to undertake an ecological psychoanalysis of the oral and anal sadism of industrial land use in mining and pastoralism. The drive here is to promote eco-mental health.Arguing for an extension of an ethics and practice of landcare beyond the conservation of special places, the book maintains that earthcare should embrace the whole earth, indeed the entire ecosphere. It traces and calls for a paradigm shift from the sanctuarism of national parks and wilderness to the sacrality of Aboriginal Country and the living earth. Ecological sustainability rather than ecologically sustainable development is the crucial touchstone. To this end a postmodern, political ecology is developed, applied to and illustrated by reference to a wide range of British, American and Australian examples.