“AMAZING…IF YOU’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A BASIC TEXT ON HOW THE ATOM WORKS, THIS IS IT.”
The legendary Isaac Asimov starts what is perhaps the most fascinating 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 us on a far-flung quest for a final answer, a search that becomes 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 traces the path of discovery that revealed more and more of the nature and structure of the universe. Atom also encompasses such phenomena as light and electricity; the protons, neutrons, and quarks that are the fundamental units of the universe; hard-to-observe “anti-particles”; and other strange bits of matter that challenge our assumptions about the very nature of space and time. Up-to-date and unique, Atomis the only book of its kind, by the renowned author whose genius for beinging clarity and excitement to complex subjects has made him the most celebrated science author of our time.
“The author exhibits his usual flair for anticipating common-sense questions and for answering them intelligibly without use of mathematics. The narrative is further enriched by asides on the nature of scientific enterprise. Recommended.”— Library Journal
“Offers a solid introduction to physics for those approaching the subject for the first time.”— The Washington Times
This is Asimov’s last real physics book, and I have a certain sentimental attachment to it as a result, particularly because it provides a kind of closure, as if it were a final, extensive revision of his early favorite, Inside the Atom. The book is more extensive, more current, and aimed at an older audience than Inside the Atom, but it lacks the extensive and excellent diagrams of the earlier book. It is still excellent and very easy to read; a marvelous place to send someone who wants to know about the very, very small