The Atom:

The Atom: "The Building Blocks of Matter"

by Edited by Paul F. Kisak


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The Atom is the smallest unit of 'ordinary matter' that has the properties of a chemical element. Every solid, liquid, gas and plasma is made up of neutral or ionized atoms. Atoms are very small with typical sizes around 1-ten billionth of a meter. However, counter to most historical portrayals, atoms are not little balls of particles. Atoms do not have well defined boundaries. There is a 'spherical wave' of electrons that surrounds the nucleus. Classical physics is most accurate for observables that occur on a scale larger than atoms. To better model the behavior of atoms, science has to use the principles of quantum mechanics.

Every atom is composed of a nucleus and one or more electrons that are 'bound' to the nucleus. The nucleus of the atom is comprised of one or more protons and typically a similar number of neutrons (other than Hydrogen - which is the only element with no neutrons). The protons and neutrons are called nucleons. Over 99.94% of the atoms mass is in the nucleus. This book focuses on the atom as 'the building block of matter'.

This book is designed to be a general overview of the topic and provide you with the structured knowledge to familiarize yourself with the topic at the most affordable price possible. The level of discussion is that of Wikipedia.

The accuracy and knowledge is of an international viewpoint as the edited articles represent the inputs of many knowledgeable individuals and some of the most currently available general knowledge on the topic, based on the date of publication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517288976
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/09/2015
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

The editor has degrees in Engineering Physics & Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan and is an Engineer & Former Intelligence Officer for the CIA & US Intelligence Community and was President of an award-winning Defense Contracting Company. He has authored several books, edited numerous other books and has written many Technical, Classified & Unclassified papers, Articles & Essays.

He has also been a Contributing Author for The International Encyclopedia on Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and written several award-winning software manuals that have been sold in more than a dozen countries. He has appeared in Marquis "Who's Who in the World" & "Who's Who in Science & Engineering" and continues to edit and write.

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