The Matter of Everything


For millennia, people have asked questions about the nature of matter. In the 20th century, this curiosity led to an unprecedented outburst of scientific discovery that changed the course of history. In this book, accelerator physicist Suzie Sheehy introduces us to the people who, through a combination of genius, persistence and luck, staged these ground-breaking experiments.

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BLACKWELLS’ BOTM | A 2022 BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR: NEW SCIENTIST * WATERSTONES * SUNDAY TIMES‘A splendid idea, vividly carried out: I enjoyed this book enormously’ PHILIP PULLMAN‘A rich history of beautiful discoveries’ ROBIN INCE‘An all-action thriller, laced with some of the most profound ideas humans have ever had’ BRIAN ENOHow did a piece of gold foil completely change our understanding of atoms? What part did a hot air balloon play in the discovery of cosmic rays? How do we know all that we know about the world today?It’s not simply because we have the maths – it’s because we have done the experiments.Accelerator physicist Suzie Sheehy introduces us to the creative and curious people who, through a combination of genius, tenacity and luck, staged the groundbreaking experiments of the twentieth century. From the serendipitous discovery of X-rays in a German laboratory, to the scientists trying to prove Einstein wrong (and inadvertently proving him right), The Matter of Everything takes us on a journey through the history of experiments that transformed our world.