this book we explore the
world of atoms: what atoms are, what they are made of, and why atoms
are timeless, never aging or wearing down. Almost all atoms will exist
until the end of time.
We’ll discover why a few
rare atoms are radioactive,
decaying in predictable ways, and why these radioactive atoms exist in
all living things, including us.
We’ll examine how we can
date the past -- paintings,
fossils, and even the Earth and the Sun — using atoms that are timeless
and have no clocks.
is astonishing that everything we see in the
universe is made from just 3 basic parts: protons, neutrons, and
electrons. It’s almost like
building a whole universe of boundless
diversity from just 3 different shaped Legos.
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