The Resource Chilled

Chilled

Label
Chilled
Title
Chilled
Statement of responsibility
Tom Jackson
Title variation
How refrigeration changed the world and might do so again
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The refrigerator. This white box that sits in the kitchen may seem mundane nowadays, but it is one of the wonders of 20th century science –life-saver, food-preserver and social liberator, while the science of refrigeration is crucial, not just in transporting food around the globe but in a host of branches on the scientific tree. Refrigerators, refrigeration and its discovery and applications provides the remarkable and eye-opening backdrop to Chilled, the story of how science managed to rewrite the rules of food, and how the technology whirring behind every refrigerator is at play, unseen, in a surprisingly broad sweep of modern life. Part historical narrative, part scientific mystery-lifter, Chilled looks at the ice-pits of Persia (Iranians still call their fridge the 'ice-pit'), reports on a tug of war between 16 horses and the atmosphere, bears witness to ice harvests on the Regents Canal, and shows how bleeding sailors demonstrated to ship's doctors that heat is indestructible, featuring a cast of characters such as the Ice King of Boston, Galileo, Francis Bacon, and the ostracised son of a notorious 18th-century French traitor. As people learned more about what cold actually was, scientists invented machines for making it, with these first used in earnest to chill Australian lager. The principles behind those white boxes in the kitchen remain the same today, but refrigeration is not all about food –for example, a refrigerator is needed to make soap, penicillin or orange squash; without it, IVF would be impossible. Refrigeration technology has also been crucial in some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the last 100 years, from the discovery of superconductors to the search for the Higgs boson. And the fridge will still be pulling the strings behind the scenes as teleporters and intelligent computer brains turn our science-fiction vision of the future into fact
Summary
The refrigerator may seem mundane nowadays, but it is one of the wonders of twentieth-century science--lifesaver, food preserver, social liberator. Part historical narrative, part scientific decoder,Chilled looks at early efforts to harness the cold at the ice pits of Persia (Iranians still call their fridges the "ice pit") and ice harvests on the Regents Canal. As people learned more about what cold actually was, scientists invented machines for producing it on demand. The discovery of refrigeration and its applications features a cast of characters that includes the Ice King of Boston, Galileo, Francis Bacon, an expert on gnomes, a magician who chilled a cathedral, a Renaissance duke addicted to iced eggnog, and a Bavarian nobleman from New England
Writing style
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10448497
Cataloging source
BT
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1972-
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Jackson, Tom
Dewey number
536
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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Science & Technology
Target audience
adult
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how refrigeration changed the world and might do so again
Label
Chilled
Instantiates
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BORROWBOX:BLM_131422
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781472911421
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Chilled
Control code
BORROWBOX:BLM_131422
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781472911421
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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