A Trip Into the Heart of Matter

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A team of physicists guides readers on an eye-opening journey into the structure of the natural world, probing the most important unanswered questions about matter and the nature of the nucleus.

Book News
Four European nuclear physicists present a work of popular science that explains the evolution of the scientific understanding of the nucleus of an atom. Profusely illustrated, the work discusses both the basic concepts of nuclear physics and the origins of the concepts in the work of philosophers and scientists. Chapters discuss the discovery of radioactivity, the laws that govern small particles, nuclei measurement, the contents of nuclei, applications of nuclear physics (the bomb is downplayed), the nuclear architecture of things from the hydrogen atom to the neutron star, and the nuclear processes of the Big Bang. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Nucleus: A Trip into the Heart of Matter by Ray Mackintosh, Jim Al-Khalili, Bjorn Jonson and Teresa Pena is an illustrated book filled with lively prose and captivating details that describe the evolution of our understanding of this phenomenon. The authors, who are expert nuclear physicists and skilled popularizers, tell the story of the nucleus from the early experimental work of the quiet New Zealander Lord Rutherford to the huge atom-smashing machines of today and beyond. Nucleus tells of the protons and neutrons of which the nucleus is made, why some nuclei crumble and are radioactive, and how scientists came up with the "standard model," which shows the nucleus composed of quarks held together by gluons. Nucleus is also the tale of the people behind the struggle to understand a fascinating subject more fully, and of how a vibrant research community uses the power of the nucleus to probe unanswered scientific questions while others seek to harness the nucleus as a tool of twenty-first century medicine.
Intended for a general audience, this book unravels the scientific mysteries that surround the subject of the nucleus. Anyone with a passing interest in science will delight in this guide to the nuclear age.

Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
Description: 143 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9780801868603
Branch Call Number: 539.7 Nuc
Additional Contributors: Mackintosh, Ray.


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