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Worlds Within Worlds

Isaac Asimov

Book Overview: 

This is a short booklet on science fact commissioned by the U. S. Energy Research and Development Administration (Office of Public Affairs). It tells the story of the origins of nuclear physics in terms understandable to an audience with minimal technical background. What were the steps through history - the discoveries that built upon one another - from alchemy to chemistry, physics, astronomy, mathematics, and quantum mechanics, that led to our understanding and harnessing nuclear energy?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In 1965 Dr. Asimov received the James T. Grady Award of the American Chemical Society for his major contribution in reporting science progress to the public.

VOLUME 1 Introduction 5 Atomic Weights 6 Electricity 11 Units of Electricity 11 Cathode Rays 13 Radioactivity 17 The Structure of the Atom 25 Atomic Numbers 30 Isotopes 35 Energy 47 The Law of Conservation of Energy 47 Chemical Energy 50 Electrons and Energy 54 The Energy of the Sun 55 The Energy of Radioactivity 57 VOLUME 2 Mass and Energy 69 The Structure of the Nucleus 75 The Proton 75 The Proton-Electron Theory 76 Protons in Nuclei 80 Nuclear Bombardment 82 Particle Accelerators 86 The Neutron 92 Nuclear Spin 92 Discovery of the Neutron 95 The Proton-Neutron Theory 98 The Nuclear Interaction 101 Neutron Bombardment 107 VOLUME 3 Nuclear Fission 117 New Elements 117 The Discovery of Fission 122 The Nuclear Chain Reaction 127 The Nuclear Bomb 131 . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The subtitle of this book pretty much sums it up. This is the story of how we discovered radiation, electrons, protons, and finally neutrons. It tells the story of how the first nuclear reactor was built, and how that led to the nuclear bomb. It is a clear and concise book, written with a layman in

This was really informative about nuclear energy.

El maestro Asimov haciendo lo que sabe hacer. Comienza desde el principio, con los griegos descubriendo elementos, y va pasando por la historia (Dalton, Berzelius, Faraday, Curie, Thomson, Rutherford...) hasta llegar a nuestros días, nuestros días significando 1972, que es cuando se publica el libro

This is a short booklet on science fact commissioned by the U. S. Energy Research and Development Administration (Office of Public Affairs). It tells the story of the origins of nuclear physics in terms understandable to an audience with minimal technical background. What were the steps through hist

Çok beğendim, çok eğlendim.
Nükleer dünyanın keşfi ile ilgili merak ettiğim bir çok şeyin cevabını bu kitapta buldum. Adım adım nasıl deneylerden nasıl sonuçları çıkarıldığını ve bütün keşiflerin nasıl yapıldığını anlatıyor.
Bir süre sonra tekrar okumalıyım.

A LibreVox Audiobook. Narrated by BA McKoy.
An excellent high school or college primer on the atom and nuclear power. Easy to read (or in this case, listen) and comprehend. The book is recorded in 6 sections.

Though there are a very few points which have since been shown to be wrong, they are relative

Eye opening. I wish I’d read this book in high school.

Physics, especially Nuclear Science, has remained one of my favorite areas of interest, and this book has thrilled me a lot in that regard. Beautiful overviews of nuclear processes without any equations reminds me of Stephen Hawking’s A brief history of time, explaining quantum physics. Although the

An awesome read on the chemistry of the nuclear bomb, told through session after session of history starting from John Dalton with the measuring of atomic weights to none other than Rutherford with atomic fission of alpha particles (yes, I remembered this, I am proud).
Book was an audiobook too! :)

Me estoy dando cuenta de que el Buen Doctor arrancaba bien los libros de divulgación pero los termina un poco deprisa.

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