The Matter of Everything Twelve Experiments That Changed Our World

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The astonishing story of twentieth-century physics, told through the twelve experiments that changed our world‘A splendid idea, vividly carried out: I enjoyed this book enormously’ PHILIP PULLMAN‘Fascinating and highly readable . . . An all-action thriller, laced with some of the most profound ideas humans have ever had’ BRIAN ENO‘A magical tour of the great experiments defining the most incredible century in physics’ANDREW STEELE, bestselling author of Ageless———–For millennia, people have asked questions about the nature of matter. In the twentieth century, this curiosity led to an unprecedented outburst of scientific discovery that changed the course of history.In The Matter of Everything, accelerator physicist Suzie Sheehy introduces us to the people who, through a combination of genius, persistence and luck, staged these ground-breaking experiments. From the physicists who soared in hot air balloons on the trail of new particles, to the serendipitous discovery of X-rays in a German lab; and from the race to split open the atomic nucleus to the quest to find the third generation of matter, Sheehy shows how these experiments informed innumerable aspects of how we live today. Radio, TV, the chips in our smartphones, MRI scanners, radar equipment and microwaves, to name a few: these were all made possible by our determination to understand, and control, the microscopic.Pulling physics down from the theoretical and putting it in the hands of the people, The Matter of Everything is a celebration of human ingenuity, creativity and curiosity: a powerful reminder that progress relies on the desire to know.

The Matter of Everything Twelve Experiments That Changed Our World

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ISBN – 9781526618955
Categories – Physics Chemistry and Maths

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Josiah Wedgwood The Man Who Designed Britain


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Josiah Wedgwood, perhaps the greatest English potter who ever lived, epitomized the best of his age. From his kilns and workshops in Stoke-on-Trent, he revolutionized the production of ceramics in Georgian Britain by marrying technology with design, manufacturing efficiency and retail flair. He transformed the luxury markets not only of London, Liverpool, Bath and Dublin but of America and the world, and helping to usher in a mass consumer society. Tristram Hunt calls him ‘the Steve Jobs of the eighteenth century’.

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‘A fabulous piece of writing . . . I recommend it unreservedly’ WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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When journalist Taran Khan arrives in Kabul, she uncovers a place that defies her expectations. Her wanderings with other Kabulis reveal a fragile city in a state of flux- stricken by near-constant war, but flickering with the promise of peace; governed by age-old codes but experimenting with new modes of living.

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