"funny, matter of fact prose”... “In this worthy companion to Cold, Streever is able to mix the pop science, personal experiences, and historic asides into a fun and informative commentary on a subject that few people think about despite its inherent life and death implications.” -- Publishers Weekly starred review.

“With engaging storytelling skill and deep scientific knowledge, Streever offers a fascinating exploration of one of the basic necessities of everyday life.” — Booklist

“From the author of Cold, another engaging, easy-to-read, free-ranging exploration of a natural phenomenon. Streever mingles his personal adventures with heat and hot places with tidbits about early mistaken notions about heat, current events and research involving it, and narratives of those who have lived through its challenges…[a] funny and factual blend of science, history and adventure.” — Kirkus

The San Francisco Chronicle kicks off a fantastic review of HEAT by calling it a “thoroughly entertaining companion volume…” It continues to write that “Streever operates in some of the same territory as Mary Roach and Bill Bryson: taking on big, serious topics, and making them entertaining without making them trivial, inserting himself into the narrative without overwhelming the material. This is a fine balancing act…”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune writes “Streever is an able guide into the flaming regions of our beleaguered evirons… a rare nature book, a pleasing mix of first-person narrative and layman science. The facts come fast and furious but are served on a platter of digestible prose.”

And the Winnipeg Free Press reviews the book, writing that “He adeptly explains scientific principles and their applications in human terms, and via specific examples. It's almost as if Streever has hit upon a winning formula for popular-science writing that doesn't…dumb down the substantive science.”


Cold is a love song to science and scientists, to Earth and everything that lives on and flies over and tunnels under it. It’s impossible to read the book and not fully realize that our planet must be ­protected." - Mary Roach, The New York Times Book Review, 23 July 2009

"Another 90-plus day, and many more in sight for the next few months. You think: Hey, if I walk the dogs at 7:30 a.m. it won't be so hot. Wrong. It's muggy and hot, and not even a freezing cold shower can make you feel any better about being outside. And so I find myself drawn to biologist Bill Streever's Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places." - Connie Ogle of The Miami Herald Blog, 17 July 2009

"Cold is a striding tour through a disappearing world. Mr. Streever’s prose does what E. L. Doctorow said good writing is supposed to do, which is to evoke sensation in the reader — 'not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.'” -Dwight Garner, The New York Times, 23 July 2009

"Open this book to any page and be treated to a tidbit about the cold, its effects on animals, on history, on the world. . . . Biologist Streever explores benign cold, threatening cold, and monstrous/scary cold not only through history and science books but also in person, in Alaska and other frozen spots around the world. Written in a popular, accessible style, Streever's book also includes 34 pages of notes." -Library Journal, May 1, 2009

Streever is a scientist with a flair for anecdotes . . . even as he leads us through the complex debates about climate change and global warming with precision and an appreciation for a phenomenon that most of us dismiss as inconvenient, if we bother to thing aboutit at all." - Benjamin Moser in Harper's Magazine, August 2009

"In Cold, Bill Streever has taken the most-talked-about subject by northerners and—with great skill, understatement, and restraint—has pleasantly tricked us into learning something. This is the goal of every science writer, that most oxymoronic of occupations—to wed the complicated with the simple, and to give birth to something readable. From an idea fueled by cold air that made him suffer while his book became reality, Streever has draped cold in the elegant cloth it so richly deserves." - Ned Rozell, science writer for the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and natural history columnist for Alaska magazine

Cold has long had negative connotations—cold-hearted, cold feet, cold comfort, the cold war. Humans struggle to isolate themselves from it, hiding in overheated houses, taking winter holidays in hot climates. Cold kills the old and vulnerable. Christopher Robin-style wheezles and sneezles flourish in cold weather. . . . Bill Streever, a biologist, takes the reader on a celebratory tour of the science, history, geography and ecology of cold temperatures. Humans, he writes, “fail to see cold for what it is: the absence of heat, the slowing of molecular motion, a sensation, a perception, a driving force.” - the Economist, 30 July 2009

"An unexpectedly fascinating look into a seemingly banal subject. With simple prose and a strikingly immediate present tense, the author carves landscapes, scientific proceses, and neat anthropological factoids out of the ice, a style guaranteed to transport readers into the unfamiliar—indeed, otherworldly—dimensions he describes. A seamless blend of travelogue, history, and scientific treatise. . . . From avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton's expedition to "The Year Without Summer," Streever journeys through history, myth, geography, and ecology in a year-long search for cold--real, icy, 40-below cold.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Streever’s peripatetic meditation ranges widely over its fascinating subject." - Booklist

As counterintuitive as it might seem in this age of global warming, much of our melting planet is still downright chilly. As biologist Bill Streever points out in "Cold," his first attempt at a book-length piece of popular writing on icy regions, it is still the case that you don't have to travel too far without having to resort to longjohns and stocking caps. - Stephen Lyons, Star Tribune, 25 July 2009


Adventures in the world's frozen places

A bestselling narrative adventure through the coldest places, chilliest times and frostiest experiences on Earth, from avalanches to glaciers and seals to snowflakes, from igloos to icebergs, permafrost to hoarfrost, chilblains to frostbite to absolute zero, Bill Streever unearths the consistent, ongoing influence of cold on the planet. Called by The New York Times Book Review "a love song to science and scientists, to Earth and everything that lives on and flies over and tunnels under it," Cold chills, thrills, and instructs, ultimately leaving readers with a new appreciation for all things cold.

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Adventures in the world's fiery places

A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to extremes, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time. Written in Streever's signature refreshingly spare prose, Heat is an a compulsively readable personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its connection to daily life.

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