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A very readable historical popular science account with anecdotes from physicists and physics from around the time of the Curies onwards to quarks, Fred Hoyle and multiple realities. Not bad, but disappointingly, one find no attempt to delve into equations and deeper mathematical insight. In the end of the book biologist Peter Medawar is quoted from "The limites of science" where he claims many questions are just not scientific such as "how did everything begin?" and "what is the point of life?" Is this really so? I am not so sure. ( )
  fnielsen | Sep 17, 2013 |
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In the year 1900 a deeply conservative physicist called Max Planck concluded, somewhat reluctantly, that energy is not smooth and continuous.
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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.… (more)

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