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  • Published: 1 August 1992
  • ISBN: 9780452268340
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $29.99

Atom

Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos



“Amazing… If you’ve been searching for a basic text on how the atom works, this is it.” —Booklist

“A masterpiece.”—Omni

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 of the atom, of light, of gravity, of the electromagnetic force—and even 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.

Atom is the only book of its kind, by the renowned author whose genius for bringing clarity and excitement to complex subjects has made him the most celebrated science author of our time.

  • Published: 1 August 1992
  • ISBN: 9780452268340
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $29.99

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Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was one of the world's best known and respected science fiction writers. He died in 1992.

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