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Instant Egghead Guide: The Universe

Instant Egghead Guides

J.R. Minkel & Scientific American, with a Foreword by George Musser, Jr.

St. Martin's Griffin

Everything from quarks to galactic superclusters delivered to your eyeballs at the speed of light (any faster would be impossible)

 

Take a tour of the wonder and majesty of the universe, from the smallest subatomic particles to the possibility of infinite universes. According to some prominent physicists, it’s possible that, right now, someone who looks just like you is reading the back of a book just like this one in a parallel universe. And your double thinks it looks really interesting...

Whether you're a fan of Scientific American’s wildly popular 60-Second Science Podcast or just curious about science, you’re going to want to dust off your Dad’s telescope and warm up your particle accelerator after enjoying the bite-sized physics knowledge in The Instant Egghead Guide to the Universe.

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Instant Egghead Guide: The Universe
CHAPTER ONEMATTER AND ENERGYELECTRONS, PROTONS, AND NEUTRONSTHE BASICSThe world, as any egghead knows, is made of atoms. And the raw ingredients of atoms are called subatomic particles. We encounter a number of particles in this book, but to understand matter, from the book in your hands to the core of a star, we need a good grasp of these three: electrons, protons, and neutrons. So let's get to know them.The electron is an elementary particle, which means it can't be broken down into other particles. It is very tiny--it may have no size at all, in fact--and
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  • J.R. Minkel & Scientific American, with a Foreword by George Musser, Jr.

  • JR MINKEL is a staff editor at Scientific American.

    George Musser is the astronomy editor at Scientific American magazine and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory.

     

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Instant Egghead Guide: The Universe

Instant Egghead Guides

J.R. Minkel & Scientific American, with a Foreword by George Musser, Jr.

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