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Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos

 
 
 
 
Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos
Author: Isaac Asimov
ISBN 13: 9780452268340
ISBN 10: 452268346
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: 1992-08-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $17.00
 
 

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, ...

Publishers Weekly

It takes our best science writers, plus readers current with the whimsical new language of particle physics, to keep up with the leapfrog pace of theory and observation today. Fortunately, Asimov does his part in this report on recent theoretical physics developments that includes just enough history to add human dimension to the latest discussions of the nature of matter. Missing here are the characteristic Asimov metaphors and asides, suggesting that, while juggling so many pure concepts at once, he chooses not to distract his readers. No matter, they will welcome this straightforward guide to the Alice-like world of down-quarks, muons, leptons and other subatomic particles--most of which are believed to exist but have not yet been seen. When information does start coming in from the supercollider, this will be a worthy book to have at hand. (Apr.)