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'An eminently readable piece of science history dealing with the quest to discover the nature of matter, recounted with a novelist's eye for character and suspense.' New Statesman
Marcus Chown is New Scientist's cosmology consultant. He is the author of Afterglow of Creation, which was runner-up for the Rh ne- Poulenc Science Book Prize, and was the winner of the 1994 Glaxo Wellcome ABSW Science Writers' Award.
"A clear introduction to a fascinating area of physics and astronomy. Chown is to be congratulated on a beautifully crafted book." * New Scientist * "Keeps readers anxious for the next puzzle piece to fall into place. It reads like a Sherlock Holmes novel" * Astronomy * "The work of a literary alchemist who tranmutes the iron of complexity into the gold of lucidity" * The Tennessean * "The strength of The Magic Furnace is in the story. It never gets bogged down in scientific jargon" * Sky & Telescope *