It takes our best science writers, plus readers current with the whimsical new language of particle physics, to keep up with the leapfrog pace of theory and observation today. Fortunately, Asimov does his part in this report on recent theoretical physics developments that includes just enough history to add human dimension to the latest discussions of the nature of matter. Missing here are the characteristic Asimov metaphors and asides, suggesting that, while juggling so many pure concepts at once, he chooses not to distract his readers. No matter, they will welcome this straightforward guide to the Alice-like world of down-quarks, muons, leptons and other subatomic particles--most of which are believed to exist but have not yet been seen. When information does start coming in from the supercollider, this will be a worthy book to have at hand.
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Isaac Asimov authored over 400 books in a career that lasted nearly 50 years. As a leading scientific writer, historian, and futurist, he covered a variety of subjects ranging from mathematics to humor, and won numerous awards for his work.
An excellent review of particle physics for someone interested in the subject. Asimov is an excellent writer, of course, and he gives good historical perspective of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pathfinder
Everyone should read this book. It will take about a day (longer if you earmark parts you want to read again).
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I've been looking for a book that would explain the intricacies of subatomic particles to a "normal" person, not physicist, without formulas. Asimov's book fits the bill. Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Muvian
I've read a lot of popular science books and the first half or so of this book was mostly a repeat of things that I've already read. But the last two chapters are amazing. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by MrWillo
As always, Isaac does not obviate little details that turn to be important for the understanding of the subjet. I recomend this book for those who love physics. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Raul Gomez
I bought this book for my son who lives for anything science especially Atoms. He has already read it twice. It is a full of facts that my science lover. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by decora
Isaax Asimov is a science fiction writer, but he also writes non fiction, science books. He writes in a way that makes the average person understand what he is explaining. Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by Enid Logan