ISBN: 9781615193738
Publishing: March 20, 2018
Price: $19.95 US / $25.95 CAN
Paper over boards: 288 pages
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Atom Land
A Guided Tour Through the Strange (and Impossibly Small) World of Particle Physics

Journey into an unseen world—and to the frontiers of human knowledge

Welcome to Atom Land, the impossibly small world of quantum physics. With award-winning physics Jon Butterworth as your guide, you’ll set sail from Port Electron in search of strange new terrain. Each discovery will expand the horizons of your trusty map—from the Hadron Island to the Isle of Quarks and beyond. Just beware of Dark Energy and other sea monsters!

A masterful work of metaphor, Atom Land also gives form to the forces that shape the universe: Electromagnetism is a highway system; the strong force, a railway; the weak force, an airline. But, like Butterworth, you may find that curiosity is the strongest force of all—one that pulls you across the subatomic seas, toward the unknown realm of Antimatter, and to the very outer reaches of the cosmos.

“Butterworth expertly handles even the thorniest theories and will satisfy world-weary scientists and amateur physics aficionados alike.”—Publishers Weekly

“A noble . . . effort to demystify quantum physics.”—Kirkus

“Yearning for a late holiday? Bosonia, the Isle of Leptons and farthest Antimatter beckon in this bracing voyage into particle physics, captained by experimental physicist Jon Butterworth. Ever an original writer, he maps the territory of the standard model and beyond, elucidating in turn wave—particle duality, the quantum field and the subatomic realm, all the way to ripples in space-time and the hunt for the Higgs boson (which, as a veteran of the Large Hadron Collider at Europe's physics lab CERN, he navigates expertly). Sea legs achieved, you’re ready for wilder shores, such as the Dirac—Milne universe.”—Nature

“A magnificent, compelling, and insightful voyage to the frontier of knowledge from a great writer with a deep understanding.”
Brian Cox, author of Why Does E=mc2?

“These are exciting times for fundamental physics, and Butterworth describes with clarity, humor, and enthusiasm the lie of the land at the ultimate frontier. You will not find a better tour guide.”—Times Higher Education

“When traveling in a strange new land (and the world of particle physics is as strange as it gets) it is always helpful to carry along a friendly guidebook like this one to help steer you away from blind alleys and toward rewarding discoveries. Happy travels!”
Lawrence M. Krauss, author of A Universe from Nothing
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Jon Butterworth, author of Most Wanted Particle, is one of the leading physicists on the Large Hadron Collider and is head of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. He writes the popular Life and Physics blog for the Guardian and has written articles for a range of publications including the Guardian and New Scientist. He divides his time between London and Geneva, Switzerland.