The Infancy of Atomic Physics: Hercules in His Cradle
This compelling history portrays the faces and lives behind the beginnings of atomic science, from experiments in the 1880s to the era just after the First World War. It describes the dramatic discoveries as they were made, and it shows how they were interpreted in the scientific language of the time.
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