The Matter of Everything: A History of Discovery

The Matter of Everything

A History of Discovery
 
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Number of Volumes: Paperback
 
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ISBN13:9781526618993
ISBN10:15266189911
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:336 pages
Size:198x129 mm
Language:English
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BLACKWELLS' BOTM | A 2022 BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR: NEW SCIENTIST * WATERSTONES * SUNDAY TIMES

'A splendid idea, vividly carried out: I enjoyed this book enormously' PHILIP PULLMAN
'A rich history of beautiful discoveries' ROBIN INCE
'An all-action thriller, laced with some of the most profound ideas humans have ever had' BRIAN ENO

How did a piece of gold foil completely change our understanding of atoms? What part did a hot air balloon play in the discovery of cosmic rays? How do we know all that we know about the world today?

It's not simply because we have the maths - it's because we have done the experiments.

Accelerator physicist Suzie Sheehy introduces us to the creative and curious people who, through a combination of genius, tenacity and luck, staged the groundbreaking experiments of the twentieth century. From the serendipitous discovery of X-rays in a German laboratory, to the scientists trying to prove Einstein wrong (and inadvertently proving him right), The Matter of Everything takes us on a journey through the history of experiments that transformed our world.