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Size : How It Explains the World

Size : How It Explains the World

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by Smil, Vaclav | Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects
Published 09/11/2023 by Penguin Books Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 304 pages
128 x 197 x 22mm | 216g

'There is no author whose books I look forward to more' Bill GatesThe New York Times bestselling author returns with a mind-opening exploration of how size defines life on Earth.

Explaining the key processes shaping size in nature, society and technology, Smil busts myths around proportions - from bodies to paintings and the so-called golden ratio - tells us what Jonathan Swift got wrong in Gulliver's Travels - the giant Brobdingnagian's legs would buckle under their enormous weight - and dives headfirst into the most contentious issue in ergonomics: the size of aeroplane seats.

It is no exaggeration to say this fascinating and wide-ranging tour de force will change the way you look at absolutely everything.

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