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The Magicians

Marcus Chown

The spellbinding stories of the scientists whose eureka breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science’s astonishing predictive power.

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£14.99
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571346387
Date Published
20.02.2020
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Summary

The spellbinding stories of the scientists whose eureka! breakthroughs in modern physics reveal science’s astonishing predictive power.

‘An excellent popular science book.’
DARA Ó BRIAIN

‘A thoroughly informative and entertaining read.’
ANNA BURNS, Booker Prize-winning author of Milkman

‘One of the best-written books about phsyics I have ever come across.’
POPULAR SCIENCE

‘Highly entertaining and accessible.’ IRISH TIMES
‘Fascinating, life enhancing entertainment.’ PROSPECT
‘Thoroughly enjoyable . . . Chown has down it again.’ BBC SKY AT NIGHT

The Magicians takes us on a breathtaking, mind-altering tour of the eureka! moments of modern physics. Charting the spellbinding stories of the scientists who predicted and discovered the existence of unknown planets, black holes, invisible force fields, ripples in the fabric of space–time, unsuspected subatomic particles and even antimatter, Marcus Chown reveals science’s greatest mystery: its astonishing predictive power.

Critic Reviews

Leads the reader through many of the wonders of twentieth century physics with a light and sometimes quirky touch ... It is so full of little insights and neat analogies that I found myself folding over the top corners of countless pages containing quotable passages. What is remarkable is the number of new ways Marcus Chown has found to explain difficult and often abstract concepts. This is what good popular science writing is all about.

Jim Al-Khalili (On Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You)
Critic Reviews

In this elegantly written book, Marcus Chown takes you to the heart of the most challenging concepts known to man and makes you feel that understanding is truly within your grasp.

Brian May (On Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You)
Critic Reviews

A pretty wonderful book.

Richard Dawkins (On What A Wonderful World)
Critic Reviews

Lay readers, delighted by Chown's vivid imagery and lively humour, will experience several happy Eureka moments.

The Times (On Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You)
Critic Reviews

For a quick briefing on the biggest ideas behind modern physics you would be hard-pressed to find a better guide than Marcus Chown ... Science doesn't come harder than this but he makes it all look so easy.

New Statesman (On Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You)
Critic Reviews

Reading a well-written popular science book is one of the great pleasures of modern times, and this guided tour through life, the universe and everything affords that pleasure in abundance.

The Independent (On What A Wonderful World)
MarcusChown

Marcus Chown is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is now cosmology consultant for the New Scientist. His acclaimed books include What a Wonderful World, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, We Need to Talk about Kelvin and The Ascent of Gravity (Sunday Times Science Book of the…

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