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Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth ... and Beyond

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent primer

    This book is a biographical look at the oxygen ATOM. The book takes the reader from the pre element stage during the matter-antimatter battle that many physicists believe led to the Big Bang through current theories and future speculations. The tome is well done and written for more than just the Ph.D. in physics as it tries to explain complex particle and quantum theories to a wider public. The oxygen atom¿s story really takes off once the primordial soup spills into the making of the universe. <P>This is an excellent primer that contains some sections with difficult understanding for the average non-science oriented reader and areas of guess work by Lawrence M. Krauss to fill the knowledge gaps without offering contrary theories. Still, anyone wanting to grasp the cross-discipline nuances between the Big Bang and the Big Crunch will find Mr. Krauss¿ homage to the life cycle of the oxygen ATOM an overall entertaining and insightfully easy book to read. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Rain: Ch. 1

    Rain.<p>
    Is this why my tears fall- like rain?<p>
    My father stands over me, face flushed. He is ready for my beating. He slurs insults, as slick and evil as the Devil himself.<p>
    "Sl<_>ut. Just freaking come over here!"<p>
    I obey. For if I don't, I'm surely in for it. My father breathes heavily, the bittersweet stench of beer wafting out of his humid, warm mouth. His eyes are quite bloodshot, and as he trudges around to get the belt, his belly fat sloshes around. My father's meaty hands grab hold of the leather belt. I cringe, sweat forming on my forehead. How could my mother be oblivious to what HE does to me? Why, it's written all over me.<p>
    "Stand uuup." He stutters gruffly.<p>
    I do, trembling, yet also burning with rage. He smirks and swings the belt toward a bare area of skin (my face!) And I scream. The pain flies through me like lightning, and my eyes stream with tears. Blood mingled with tears. My face grows red.<p>
    "That'll teach you nought to beeeee a selfish brat....." He stops lashing and takes a deep swig of beer. My father doesn't care! His mean eyes stare through my head. I am headfirst on the ground, stinging pain and scraggly black hair. "STOP!" I quip, getting up from the ground. "Why do you do this!" I wail.<p>
    My father- horrible drunk father- a sly demon- just laughs. A hearty, kind of joking laugh. "Stupid child. Because you are a waste of my time. Slow and dumb. I needed another man of the house- but nooooo, I got a prissy little girl. A dyslexic, clumsy fool." He snarled, disoriented, then fell down in drunkeness.<p>
    I shiver, and sob. The beer bottle flies out of his grasp and spills in my hair. Great. Now I am soaking, bloody, crying, and with a hungover demon-father. I can't wait until Mom's home.<p>
    I get up and hobble to the bathroom, and wash the crimson blood away. It swirls down the sink drain. "Goodbye blood." I whisper. I think I might be going crazy. Oh well. I can worry about that another day. I sit on my bed, a bedspread with peacock plumage and greens and blues. I can't be who my father wants me to be. I am a failure. A coward, good-for-nothing. A sl<_>ut. A d*ck. I recall the names he's called me. I slip the gleaming silver kitchen knife from my pillow. And I rake my skin. Blood is good. I should die. I press the blade down harder.<p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

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    Love it!

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