Tom Jackson's Chilled: How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again (Bloomsbury, 2015) is a completely engrossing look into the history and technology of refrigeration. This book reads like an expanded chapter of James Burke's classic book Connections. Refrigeration is not only one of the most important foundation stones of our technological society, it's also one that we take for granted. It's hard to say which is more interesting; the realization that people were aware of a cooling method almost two millennia before the birth of Christ, the history of refrigeration from the Middle Ages to the present, or the possibilities for refrigeration technology in the world of the future. Chilled is a fascinating look into one of the most amazing and important technologies that man has ever developed.
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