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    DescriptionEvery atom in our bodies has an extraordinary history. Our blood, our food, our books, our clothes - everything contains atoms forged in blistering furnaces deep inside stars, which were blown into space by those stars' cataclysmic explosions and deaths. From red giants - stars so enormous they could engulf a million suns - to supernova explosions - the most violent events in the universe - the birth of every atom was marked by cosmic events on an enormous scale, against a backdrop of unimaginable heat and cold, brightness and darkness, space and time. But how did we discover the astonishing truth about our cosmic origins? THE MAGIC FURNACE is Marcus Chown's extraordinary account of how scientists unravelled the mystery of atoms, and helped to explain the dawn of life. It is one of the greatest detective stories in the history of science. In fact, it is two puzzles intertwined, for the stars contain the key to unlocking the secret of atoms, and the atoms the solution to the secret of stars.


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    Title
    The Magic Furnace
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marcus Chown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099578017
    ISBN 10: 0099578018
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ, PGM
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: PH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000, SCI005000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI051000, SCI055000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 523.86
    Thema V1.0: PDR, PDZ, PGM
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    24 October 2000
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Marcus Chown is New Scientist's cosmology consultant. He is the author of Afterglow of Creation, which was runner-up for the Rhone- Poulenc Science Book Prize, and was the winner of the 1994 Glaxo Wellcome ABSW Science Writers' Award.
    Review quote
    "A clear introduction to a fascinating area of physics and astronomy. Chown is to be congratulated on a beautifully crafted book." New Scientist "Keeps readers anxious for the next puzzle piece to fall into place. It reads like a Sherlock Holmes novel" Astronomy "The work of a literary alchemist who tranmutes the iron of complexity into the gold of lucidity" The Tennessean "The strength of The Magic Furnace is in the story. It never gets bogged down in scientific jargon" Sky & Telescope
    Back cover copy
    Marcus Chown's extraordinary account of how scientists unraveled the mystery of atoms and helped to explain the dawn of life is one of the greatest detective stories in the history of science. In fact, it is two puzzles intertwined: the origin of atoms, and the origin of stars. Neither story could be told without the other, for the stars contain the key to unlocking the secret of atoms, and the atoms the solution to the secret of the stars.