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Atom: A Journey Across The Subatomic Cosmos
Atom A Journey Across The Subatomic Cosmos Author:Isaac Asimov Quite possibly Asimov's finest nonfiction book. Atom is composed of a series of beautifully structured building blocks of knowledge. It begins with the earliest speculations and investigations by the Greeks and Romans and then, step by step and century by century, it races the path of discovery that revealed more and more of the nature of the ... more »atom, of light, of gravity, of the electromagnetic force-and even the nautre and structure of the universe. Atom also brings into dramatic focus the breakthrough probings of our century into the core of the atom itself and the extraordinarily minute particles and vast forces revealed there.
Thus prepared, the reader is equipped to see the subatomic universe in which even protons and neutrons have yielded their places as once primary sources of matter to quarks and leptons, ghostlike neutrinos and even "antiparticles," to name but a few of the phenomena that form this ultimate frontier of physics. With knowledge of this minute universe has come the power to split atoms, create new atoms, and perhaps soon fuse them, with vast implications for the future of humanity. And with this knowledge has come fascinating new clues to the origins and future of the invisible universe around us, the universe of missing matter whose immensities of time and space can be understood only by understanding its most minute component, the atom!« less