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Atoms and Atomic Energy (Finding out About Science)
Atoms and Atomic Energy - Finding out About Science Author:Egon Larsen We speak about the "atomic age", but what does it really mean? What is that mysterious source of power which is now serving us in so many different ways? — In this book, Egon Larsen tells the story of the discovery of the atom - a story which begins thousands of years ago in Greece - and how scientists little by little are uncovering the secrets... more » of the smallest particle of matter. They had to work like detectives picking up clues here and there, and forming in their minds an idea of what the atom might look like - but they could never hope to see it with their own eyes. Famous men carried out innumerable experiments to find out whether these ideas were right or wrong.
And then, at last, science found a way by which the tremendous energy stored up in the atom could be put to use. Now we are beginning to use it. When we switch on an electic light, some of the current that makes the bulb shine may come form "smashed" atoms in a nuclear power station. Research in laboratories, automatic control in factories; these are only a few of the uses of atomic energy in our time.
This book will introdue the very young would-be scientist to an exciting fild of modern knowledge.« less