Marcus Chown


Born
in London, England, The United Kingdom
June 09, 1959

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Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011. Marcus Chown has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.

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Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

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What a Wonderful World: One...

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We Need to Talk About Kelvi...

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The Never-Ending Days of Be...

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The Ascent of Gravity: The ...

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The Quantum Zoo: A Tourist'...

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The Magic Furnace: The Sear...

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Infinity in the Palm of You...

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The Universe Next Door: The...

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Solar System: A Visual Expl...

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“I am constantly amazed by how much stranger science is than science fiction”
Marcus Chown, Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

“Now, why should the universe be constructed in such a way that atoms acquire the ability to be curious about themselves? That, surely, is one of the great unexplained puzzles of science.”
Marcus Chown, The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms

“Fermi proslul svou schopností jednoduchým a rychlým způsobem odhadnout fyzikální veličiny. Při explozi první jaderné bomby v Alamogordu v poušti v Novém Mexiku 15. července 1945 například upustil kus papíru z výšky ramen a sledoval, jak se vlivem nárazové vlny z bomby odklonil. Tím, že věděl, že epicentrum je devět mil daleko, odhadl energii výbuchu – jednalo se o ekvivalent více než 10 000 tun TNT.”
Marcus Chown, We Need to Talk About Kelvin: What everyday things tell us about the universe

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