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on 31 October 2015
Excellent book - so many fascinating stories and very well written. The book is written very logically and categorised by topic "heat", "cold" etc. Some parts were a little full-on for the science to understand, but there is always a good explanation and the book doesn't alienate the non-scientist readers.

Some amazing facts and would definitely recommend.
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on 29 June 2012
What happens to your body when it is subjected to temperatures or pressures far, or even only just, outside the narrow margins of those in everyday life? Nasty stuff! If you deep sea dive with an abscess in your tooth, it could implode, ouch - or choose to go ballooning, and it could explode instead, lovely! If those oxygen masks do drop from the ceiling above, how many seconds have you got left to put the mask on? What happens when you spend too long bathing in a hotspring? When you've miraculously survived a long and unexpected dip in the sea, please don't drop dead when you get out because of the pressure change on your legs, lie down! Fascinating, well written, explains aspects of circulation, hormones, breathing, what happens at extremes and why, and full of good anecdotes and history of exploration and science. Highly recommended.
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on 15 March 2013
This is an easy book to read and would be of interest to any outdoor-type keen to learn more about how their body copes with extremes of heat, cold, altitude or depth (underwater) and how scientists unravelled the basic mechanisms. I found the chapters on diving and on space adaption particularly interesting (I had never considered the fact that bugs are weightless too, so astronauts more easily pass on infections). It is full of interesting snippets but also enough facts to make it excellent bedtime reading for any biomedical science student (especially those struggling to understand the physiological control of respiration).
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on 14 March 2018
all as it state in the description
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on 6 April 2013
Basing this review on what my little scientist sister told me - she said it was amazing, interesting and a great read. After reading it she couldn't stop talking about it with me, she was really excited by the stories and science in the book. That's always a good sign of a good book! Bought it for her as a graduation present with the idea that it could be a symbol/motivational tool for her. The author is an amazing female role model for young girls and women who are training/studying/working in the sciences and I know my sister could one day be in that role for others.
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on 8 April 2017
Like it
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on 3 September 2017
Greation on diving attracted me first.
This is very easy to read in sections.
A great mixture of science and experience.
Well recommended!
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on 29 January 2018
Great book received on time
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on 26 January 2014
This book is very easy to read with great explanations and references. You will learn a lot about nature and technology alike.
It would deserve a larger format and better quality pictures then it would get 6 stars from me.
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on 21 February 2014
A purchase for my University course with particular highlight to adaptive physiology. A great read and not too hard a read either. You are able to learn about altitude and other earthly extreme without feeling like you're being taught, more that you're just reading a nice book!
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