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Perfect Symmetry: The Accidental Discovery of Buckminsterfullerene Hardcover – January 5, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (January 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198557906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198557906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,793,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to get your head around the concepts associated with a leading area in science then this book is an exciting way to learn more.

Bucky balls preceded carbon nano tubes, carbon nano ribbons and more recently graphene (2004 and nobel price in 2010).
These are all different forms of carbon which we didn't know existed until recently).
Carbon (Graphene specifically) is the hottest area in science at the moment... but no comparable book exists yet in these new areas... so this one is a good choice.

Told from a human perspective (Kroto) Jim Baggott makes the tale personal... and includes lots of scientific detail (but in relatively simple form).

This book comes fully referenced... so it can be used as reference material... as it summarises the information from hundreds of studies.

Bucky balls still don't feature much in normal text books... so the only way you've going to find out more is to read a book like this.

If only science was always this much fun to learn about... maybe more kids would be stimulated to try it?

PS. A few months after finishing the book I was lucky enough to meet Kroto who was speaking at my Uni.
What an unexpected pleasure.
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