Atom Paperback – 1 May 2008
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"'Bizony brings an enthusiasm to his subject that elevates it to high drama, and shows how after even after two centuries we are still being confronted with bizarre discoveries and questions in this brand of science.' Good Book Guide 'Bizony's insightful, compelling book chronicles our quest to understand the atom through the personalities of those who looked furthest into its abyss - a human drama wrought with frustration, love, guilt and genius.' New Scientist"
"'Bizony brings an enthusiasm to his subject that elevates it to high drama, and shows how after even after two centuries we are still being confronted with bizarre discoveries and questions in this brand of science.' Good Book Guide 'Bizony's insightful, compelling book chronicles our quest to understand the atom through the personalities of those who looked furthest into its abyss - a human drama wrought with frustration, love, guilt and genius.' New Scientist"See all Product Description
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On the book Atom, it is worth pointing out that this is written by the science writer Piers Bizony, with Jim Al-Khalili simply providing a Forward and being a sounding board for the author.
That said, this is a very readable and informative introduction to a number of issues (but not all) presented in the television series. If you want to study details about the physics of atoms, radiation and its associated theories, then pick up a text book on the subject. Neither the television series nor this book are trying to go into that level of depth. Instead, they offer an historical overview about how human understanding of the atom has developed through time, complete with an insight into most of the key personalities along the way.
The prose is not so simplistic as to become superficial about the science. My sense is that this book is best described as a history of scientific ideas, where the ideas are explained in an understandable manner for the non-scientist. The key characters in this story play out their roles against the evolving backdrop of political change: the relative innocence of the Edwardian era is replaced by a growing realisation that after 1932 the atom truly holds the kind of power spoken about by Einstein in his famous equation e=mc2. The rise of the Nazis in Germany and fascism in Italy sees a host of scientists leave Europe's shores for the USA, where their knowledge is put to work on the Manhatten Project. The arms race is on to build the atom bomb before the Nazis.Read more ›
Entertaining read, gripping in parts, really brings the drama and the science alive and creates a foundational knowledge of atomic theory to build from.
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The narrative way of telling how Science has come to understand the Atomic level worked for me. Atom was recommended by my Physics graduate Godson as a good way of getting to know... Read morePublished 21 months ago by William Taylor
Fabulous and easy to understand series dealing with a difficult subject in a manner that I was well able to understand. This Book is even better. Read morePublished 23 months ago by minoru
Fascinating read, very well written and clear. a combination of history and science. the book is not actually written by Jim Al-Khalili but he presented the tv series, but the book... Read morePublished on 21 April 2014 by Mrs. K. L. Burchill
If you want to know an in-depth history of the discovery of the atom, then you should read this accompanying book Atom, after attending the three-part series of BBC. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by Raf van de Vreugde
This book presents a fascinating and engaging read bringing to life the history behind the discovery and development of the various aspects of science that underlie our... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by GoddersUK
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