Caesar’s Last Breath: Sam Kean
Where: New York Public Library—Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
212-340-0863 Price: Free
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New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean details the secret science of the air around us.
Embark on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to discover the story behind the air we breathe. That tale, Sam Kean argues in Caesar’s Last Breath, is also the story of Earth and our existence on it. On the Ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might bear traces of Cleopatra’s perfumes, German mustard gas, or remnants of stardust from the dawn of the universe. With every breath, we literally inhale the history of the world.
Kean will reveal the science of the air swirling around us—how the alchemy of air reshaped continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence every aspect of life on the planet.Buy tickets/get more info now