The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms

The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms

Marcus Chown / Nov 22, 2019

The Magic Furnace The Search for the Origins of Atoms Every breath you take contains atoms forged in the blistering furnaces deep inside stars Every flower you pick contains atoms blasted into space by stellar explosions that blazed brighter than a billi

  • Title: The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms
  • Author: Marcus Chown
  • ISBN: 9780195143058
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Every breath you take contains atoms forged in the blistering furnaces deep inside stars Every flower you pick contains atoms blasted into space by stellar explosions that blazed brighter than a billion suns Thus begins The Magic Furnace, an eloquent, extraordinary account of how scientists unraveled the mystery of atoms, and helped to explain the dawn of life itself Every breath you take contains atoms forged in the blistering furnaces deep inside stars Every flower you pick contains atoms blasted into space by stellar explosions that blazed brighter than a billion suns Thus begins The Magic Furnace, an eloquent, extraordinary account of how scientists unraveled the mystery of atoms, and helped to explain the dawn of life itself The historic search for atoms and their stellar origins is truly one of the greatest detective stories of science In effect, it offers two epics intertwined the birth of atoms in the Big Bang and the evolution of stars and how they work Neither could be told without the other, for the stars contain the key to unlocking the secret of atoms, and the atoms the solution to the secret of the stars Marcus Chown leads readers through the major theories and experiments that propelled the search for atomic understanding, with engaging characterizations of the major atomic thinkers from Democritus in ancient Greece to Binning and Rohrer in twentieth century New York He clarifies the science, explaining with enthusiasm the sequence of breakthroughs that proved the existence of atoms as the alphabet of nature and the discovery of subatomic particles and atomic energy potential From there, he engagingly chronicles the leaps of insight that eventually revealed the elements, the universe, our world, and ourselves to be a product of two ultimate furnaces the explosion of the Big Bang and the interior of stars such as supernovae and red giants Chown successfully makes these massive concepts accessible for students, professionals, and science enthusiasts His story sheds light on all of us, for in essence, we are all stardust.

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    About "Marcus Chown"

      • Marcus Chown

        Marcus Chown is an award winning writer and broadcaster Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011 Marcus Chown has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.


    868 Comments

    1. I was impressed to read this booke theme ;The history of nuclear physics is written systematically.It is composed of the elements necessary to human beings by the supernova explosion.I recommend the book .Who are interested in the book?the people want to read who are interested in astronomy, know the origin of universe ,human being is the brilliant story of universe and human being.



    2. well, you need a science education to begin to read this, but then it's fantastic! The best science book I've read. Felt like I was reading a racy detective thriller, and yes I do still remember much of what he said, so thank you Marcus.


    3. Chown, Marcus. The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms (2001)Captivating, informative, demanding, but highly readableThe title is an allusion to the dream of the alchemists of old who sought a magic kiln in which to transform base metals into gold. That dream remained intact until the discovery in the twentieth century of how the elements are actually built up from hydrogen and exactly what kind of "magic furnace" would be required to turn base metals into gold. In a most engaging [...]


    4. Excellent book. Truly inspirational. Made me feel rather insignificant. Subject matter that I had not reflected on recently. Obviously was taught most of it at some point, but an amazing refresher. Rutherford blows my mind yet again. Marcus Chown did a great job in weaving it all together like a "novel".


    5. This was a very readable book. Marcus Chown presented a complex story of the formation of the atoms of different elements in the universe in a very clear and understandable narrative. Highly recommended.


    6. The Magic Furnace is a magic book. The story of physics, astrophysics and astronomy is a tale that Chown begins back in ancient Greece and is the search for the origin of atoms. The two thousand year investigative odyssey of what everything is made of and where atoms came from and how they were made, from the Universe rich hydrogen and helium, the light elements, all the way to the heavy atoms is a mind blower. I enjoyed the authors previous work 'The Afterglow of Creation', and I think Magic Fu [...]


    7. An exhilarating account of the discoveries that led to our understanding of the nature of matter and how it is made - the origin of atoms and stars. All the key players are here: Eddington, Hoyle, Gamow, Baade, Rutherford, and others. As with Simon Singh's more recent Big Bang (which I enjoyed slightly more, but this is still worthy of 5 stars), the author draws us into the story of discovery alongside the technical detail - he takes what might otherwise have been quite a dry subject matter ("he [...]


    8. If you're one of those people who wants to know all about atoms, their origins and learn on the way about relativity, quantum theory and other cool stuff you can't talk about at parties unless you're really drunk, and if you once tried to pick it all up from Stephen Hawking but found he assumed too much prior knowledge, and if you want to learn it all from someone who won't patronise you and will tell you which facts are whose discoveries and when they made them, then read this. Its gravitationa [...]


    9. One of the best books on physics that Ive ever read! And it is not only a book on physics, its an written as a thrilling detective story. It covers so many topics from nuclear physics to astrophysics and links them chronologically in a natural way. I feel like I learned more about physics and its recent history from this book than 5 years of studying physics in university.


    10. Awesome peek into history of great discoveries around atom, its nuclear structure and the source of Sun's energy. Easily readable and actually really exciting.


    11. Utterly fascinating summary of the voyage of discovery of atomic physics, revealing the source of all we see around us.


    12. Finished sometime in summer 2016. Excellent book with much interesting historical material. May need to read again.


    13. アインシュタインの相対性理論を軽ーく書いてあるところが、一番面白かった。っていうかその他意味不明。しかも、その一番面白かったところの内容を既に忘れてる私。ということで、ratingはなしです。


    14. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman wrote that the shortest sentence containing the most information is 'Everything is made of atoms'. Marcus Chown's wonderful book explains how the elements are forged inside stars and then blown out into the cosmos to end up in us. The book is beautifully written, my only minor criticism is that the text, at just a few points, cries out for some illustrations.


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