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Author: Piers Bizony
Publisher: Thriplow : Icon, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Atom - the official tie-in with the BBC programme of the same name - is the story of a discovery with a strong claim to be the most important in the history of science. Atomic theory has a reputation for complexity, but this is a human story - of the men and women who revolutionised our knowledge of the universe and all it contains."--BOOK JACKET.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Piers Bizony
ISBN: 9781840468007 1840468009
OCLC Number: 77257673
Notes: TV tie-in.
Description: xviii, 206 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. Energy in pieces --
From botany to the atom --
Smaller than the smallest thing --
Scientific romance --
The dollar lode --
The reluctant revolutionary --
The patent clerk --
Pt. 2. The empty atom --
Fifteen-inch shells --
The 'Great Dane' --
Pt. 3. Not even wrong --
More trouble with waves --
Werner Heisenberg --
Waves of emotion --
The Solvay wars --
The 'Old One' defeated --
Spooky action --
The dead-and-alive cat --
Why do you dance? --
Matter in the mirror --
Pt. 4. Playing with marbles --
Big science --
The hidden weight --
Lise Meitner --
In Hahn's way --
Pt. 5. Blast radius --
Now teach me something --
The pile --
The 'nim-nim-nim' boys --
Uncertainty about Heisenberg --
The belly of a Mosquito --
The heroes of Telemark --
Unholy Trinity --
Teller's testimony --
Pandora's box --
Pt. 6. Renormalising the infinities --
Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman! --
'They don't know' --
Different infinities --
A clash of styles --
Tempted by Mephistopheles --
No contest --
The atomic spaceship --
Pt. 7. 'Three quarks for muster mark!' --
The nano-world --
Pt. 8. Ylem --
Black Sea boat to freedom --
The Yorkshireman --
One last stand --
Proof of the bang?
Responsibility: Piers Bizony.

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Presenting an account of the story of the atom, this work gives us the picture of the atom in the early 1800s. It shows the atom consisted mostly of space, and in doing so turned 200 years of  Read more...

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