15th out of 42 books — 3 voters
From Atoms to Quarks
James Trefil's popular physics primer chronicles the evolution of atomic theory through the discoveries of such subatomic particles as the quark, the meson, the lepton, and more. An accessible guide for the general reader that reveals the mystery and beauty of physics as few books have before.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Anchor
(first published 1980)
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This is a five-star book for me purely because I think it's the best layman's introduction to particle physics around. That said, it is highly technical and advanced so unless you've got a fair background in modern physics behind you, you might want to pause before tackling it.
James S. Trefil (born September 10, 1938) is an American physicist (Ph.D. in Physics at Stanford University in 1966) and author of more than thirty books. Much of his published work focuses on science for the general audience. Dr. Trefil has previously served as Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia and he now teaches as Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. Among...moreMore about James S. Trefil...