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A thrilling, mystery-lifting narrative history of the refrigerator and the process of refrigeration

Table of Contents

1 Old School Cool 2 Conjuring Cold 3 Applying Pressure 4 The Temper of the Air 5 Chill and the Airs 6 Going for the Motion 7 An Ice King - or Two 8 Taking the Heat 9 Living in the Chain 10 Deep Cold 11 The Hidden Chill 12 The Future is Cold

About the Author

Tom Jackson is a science writer based in Bristol, UK. Tom specialises in recasting science and technology into lively historical narratives. After almost 20 years of writing, Tom has uncovered a wealth of stories that help to bring technical content alive and create new ways of enjoying learning about science. In his time, Tom has been a zoo keeper, travel writer, buffalo catcher and filing clerk, but he now writes for adults and children, for books, magazines and TV.


Buoyant, idiosyncratic and very funny ... this history of what is, ultimately, a rather mundane piece of kitchenware is consistently fascinating. Cool story. * Financial Times *
Fun and eye-opening ... this is an inspiring, compelling and utterly convincing book. * The Sunday Times *
Jackson sees the appliance as 'humanity's greatest achievement' ... Chilled attests to his abilities as a historian and a bit of a comedian. * Times Literary Supplement *
Jackson handles tricky ideas deftly ... like a well-stocked refrigerator, this book is packed with tasty morsels. -- Timandra Harkness * BBC Focus *
...a chill-cabinet of curiosities: hot stuff, and deeply cool... * The Spectactor *
I can't think of a better light non-fiction summer read than this. * Independent *
...this book feels like you're on a voyage: being entertained by a knowledgeable host, and gathering information from all ports. * BBC Focus *
In his entertaining new book, Chilled, Jackson walks us through the creation of cold - or, at least, man-made cold. An he explains how frigid air made all sorts of thing possible, from the variety of food we eat to the hydrogen bomb. -- Amanda Erickson * The Washington Post *
...a nutritious little book. -- Roger Lewis * The Daily Mail *
Without refrigeration, this delightfully illuminating book reminds us, not only would there be no ice cream or cold lager, there would be no MRI scanners in hospitals, no super-computers, no weekly food shop. * The Mail on Sunday *
One of the most entertaining sections of the book concerns the ice wars of 19th-century America where rivals competed to secure supplies...plenty of fascinating stuff. * The Times *
An entertaining romp through the history of refrigeration * Wall Street Journal *

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