The Air and Its Mysteries


IF Miss Botley had reverted to the old custom of using sub-titles when she christened her substantial volume, recently published, she could have hit on none more appropriate than "Inquire Within upon Everything connected with the Atmosphere". Meteorologists are perhaps somewhat prone to regard the earth's mantle of gases as the joint province of their own and the aviation fraternities: this book comes as a salutary reminder of the important part played by the air in almost every ramification of human activity. Here is matter that concerns physicians, physicists, psychologists, geographers, astronomers, seismologists, archaeologists, photographers, botanists, ornithologists, entomologists, chemists of both the organic and the inorganic variety, radio workers, business men, shipmasters, with, of course, meteorologists and airmen, and, last but not least, lovers of the beautiful in Nature. To each and every one of these the author offers food for thought, supplemented in several cases by suggestions for mutual co-operation or original investigation.

The Air and Its Mysteries

By C. M. Botley. Pp. xv + 296 + 16 plates. (London: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd., 1938,) 8s. 6d. net.

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HAWKE, E. The Air and Its Mysteries. Nature 142, 375 (1938).

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