Cover of: Atom  | Lawrence Maxwell Krauss


An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond

1st ed edition

Published by Little, Brown .
Written in English.

About the Book

We are all, literally, star children. Every atom in our bodies was once inside the fiery core of some supergiant star which exploded billions of years before our solar system formed. Lawrence Krauss takes us along for the ride of the life of a single particle, an oxygen atom, and helps us understand where matter came from, how many stars and galaxies helped create our universe, how the Milky Way formed, and how the thousand million lives and deaths our atom experiences will affect all life on earth. Krauss presents the most cutting edge science in the world though understandable everyday phenomena. The story begins when the universe was the size of an atom itself, and we follow it throughout its continuous transformations of matter and energy, from heat to gas, from mountains to people. The breath you just took is as likely to contain atoms from the final breath of Julius Caesar as it is to contain a virus from the cough of your child's classmate. And that same atom, 100 billion years from now, when all the stars have burned out and the sun has swallowed the earth-- that atom's life span will continue. Krauss predicts what will be spa

First Sentence

As you wander past the Hotel de Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister, past the art and antiques shops that crowd together amid the bustle and color of the 7th arrondissemont in Paris, you arrive at the courtyard of a grand eighteenth-century estate, whose walls protect a garden enclave from the traffic, noise, and concerns of the outside world.

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Number of pages 320
Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
Weight 1.2 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library OL9317374M
Internet Archive atomodysseyfromt00krau
ISBN 10 0316499463
ISBN 13 9780316499460
Library Thing 356968
Goodreads 847634

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