Marcus Chown is a journalist at the New Scientist. He is the author of The Afterglow of Creation, shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize, and is the winner of the 1994 Science Writers Award.
The Magic Furnaceby Marcus Chown
Marcus Chown's extraordinary account of how scientists unravelled 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.
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