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This review is from: The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms (Paperback)
Chown is a fantastic science writer but more importantly a brilliant story teller. It's this ability to recount the history of the atom in such an entertaining way that prompted me to complete the book in a few days. Despite being a relatively short book, considering its 15 billion year scope, Chown's portrayal of the scientists involved is nicely detailed - especially that of Fred Hoyle, who I (shamefully) only knew as a science fiction writer... Sorry Fred.
The science within this book is high level enough for the layperson, such as myself, to understand but feel like they have a good understanding of the many element building processes.
Not only did I learn a lot from this book but it appears to have stuck. Which can only be due to the skill of the author.