“A delightfully fresh and accessible account of one of the great quests of science—to identify and understand the ultimate building blocks of the Universe. Physicist Harry Cliff has found a recipe for an easily digestible approach, and the results go down a treat.”
—Graham Farmelo, author of The Strangest Man and the The Universe Speaks in Numbers
“I love this book. It’s fun, fast-paced and beautifully written. It covers a vast amount of ground while remaining easy to read: from the birth of modern chemistry through to the very latest ideas in particle physics. All done with a light-hearted rigor. It’s the best book of its type I have read. Brilliant.”
—Jeff Forshaw, internationally bestselling co-author of The Quantum Universe and Why Does E=mc2?
“Cliff expertly constructs an up-to-date picture of our modern understanding of the cosmos…[This book] lays out not just what we know, but how we found out (and what is left to be discovered), and gives us intriguing glimpses into the lives of the thinkers and tinkerers who put all the pieces together for us.”
—Katie Mack, author of The End of Everything
“Why is there stuff? Where did it all come from? Harry Cliff brings an experimental physicist’s willingness to get his hands dirty to these philosophical-sounding questions. This book is a fascinating exploration of how we learned what matter really is, and the journey matter takes from the Big Bang, through exploding stars, ultimately to you and me.”
—Sean Carroll, New York Times bestselling author of Something Deeply Hidden