Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos

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Plume, 1992 - Business & Economics - 319 pages
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The legendary Isaac Asimov starts what is perhaps the finest of all his books with a simple query: How finely can a piece of matter be divided? But like many simple questions, this one leads readers on a far-flung quest for a final answer, a search that encompasses such fascinating phenomena as light and electricity and their components--strange but real bits of matter that challenge our assumptions about the very nature of time and space. 40 illustrations.

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This book, which I've read cover to cover a number of times, is a constant companion for long car trips or the like. It's well- and warmly-written, acknowledging conflicting themes and addressing (or at least lampshading) seemingly-contrary results, while giving an explanation for both the scientific and political sides of the expansion of human knowledge.
I highly recommend it to anyone with a love of history, physics, or human nature.

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Asimov attempts to explain the unexplainable to non-scientists in three hundred pages. It doesn't work, but a nice effort nonetheless. Read full review


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Isaac Asimov authored over 400 books in a career that lasted nearly 50 years. As a leading scientific writer, historian, and futurist, he covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to humor, and won numerous awards for his work.

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