240 pages, no illustrations
The story of restless dust begins among exploding stars, then treks through the dinosaur beds of the Gobi Desert, digs into Antarctic glaciers - and probes the dark underbelly of the living room couch.
a gifted writer, Holmes turns a seemingly unremarkable substance into the stuff of a great story. (BookPage August 2001) "A fascinating journey into the unseen flecks that underpin our world and those beyond." (Peter Tyson Author of The Eighth Continent) "Holmes is a science writer to watch. Who ever thought dust could so shine?" (Kirkus Reviews) "...a great read..." (Focus, November 2001) "It's an entertaining little book ... After reading the Secret Life of Dust, the fluff in your vacuum cleaner will never look quite the same again". (New Scientist, 15 September 2001) "...an eye opening plunge into a fascinating, nearly invisible world." (www discover.com 20 December 2001) "...Holmes on dust is riveting..." (New Scientist, 22 June 2002) "...an unusual perspective on things we don't notice..." (The Sunday Times (Culture Supplement) 23 June 2002) "...it might just be fodder for your duster, but a new book, The Secret life of Dust, shows that theere's a lot more to those annoying little specks than we think..." (Scotland's Weekly News, 2 November 2002)
Acknowledgments; Introduction; The World in a Grain of Dust; Life and Death among the Stars; A Light and Intriguing Rain of Space Dust; The (Deadly) Dust of Deserts; A Steady Upward Rain of Dust; Dust on the Wind Heeds No Borders; Did Dust Do In the Ice Age? A Steady, Downward Rain of Dust; A Few Unsavory Characters from the Neighborhood; Microscopic Monsters and Other Indoor Devils; Dust to Dust; Web Sites; Bibliography; Index.
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HANNAH HOLMES is a science and natural history writer, and a regular contributor to the Discovery Channel Online. Her freelance work has been widely published, appearing in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Sierra, National Geographic Traveler, and Escape. Her broadcast work has been featured on NPR's Living on Earth and the Discovery Channel Online's Science Live.