Atom Land: A Guided Tour through the Strange (and Impossibly Small) World of Particle Physics Audiobook, by Jon Butterworth Play Audiobook Sample

Atom Land: A Guided Tour through the Strange (and Impossibly Small) World of Particle Physics Audiobook

Atom Land: A Guided Tour through the Strange (and Impossibly Small) World of Particle Physics Audiobook, by Jon Butterworth Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Wayne Forester Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781538515334

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Longest Chapter Length:

40:07 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:20 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

09:53 minutes

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Publisher Description

Atom Land brings the impossibly small world of particle physics to life, taking listeners on a guided journey through the subatomic world. Listeners will sail the subatomic seas in search of electron ports, boson continents, and hadron islands. The sea itself is the quantum field, complete with quantum waves. Beware dark energy and extra dimensions, embodied by fantastical sea creatures prowling the far edges of the known world.

Your tour guide through this whimsical—and highly instructive— world is Jon Butterworth, leading physicist at CERN (the epicenter of today’s greatest findings in physics). Over a series of journeys, he shows how everything fits together, and how a grasp of particle physics is key to unlocking a deeper understanding of many of the most profound mysteries—and science’s possible answers—in the known universe.

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“Wayne Forester narrates in a perfectly appropriate affable style that sounds more like friendly storytelling than scientific explanation. His pace is steady, giving the listener a bit of time to process the information. The text includes only a few equations, and they do not intrude often enough to spoil the listening experience…[A] solidly clear presentation of the quantum world.”

— AudioFile 


  • “An amusing journey through the obscure world of particle physics…illuminates the murkiest of concepts.”

    — Scientific American
  • “[A] bracing voyage into particle physics, captained by experimental physicist Jon Butterworth…Sea legs achieved, you’re ready for wilder shores, such as the Dirac—Milne universe.”

    — Nature
  • “Butterworth describes with clarity, humor, and enthusiasm the lie of the land at the ultimate frontier. You will not find a better tour guide.”

    — Times Higher Education (London)
  • “Take a tour through the subatomic world with a leading physicist at CERN as he explains the electron ports, boson continents, and hadron islands you see along the way.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “A charming, informative overview…Make[s] learning about this field almost effortless.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Butterworth expertly handles even the thorniest theories and will satisfy world-weary scientists and amateur physics aficionados alike.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Nonfiction
  • An Audible Pick of Most Anticipated Listens of Spring

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About Jon Butterworth

Jon Butterworth, author of Most Wanted Particle, among other books, is one of the leading physicists on the Large Hadron Collider and is head of physics and astronomy at University College London. He writes the popular Life and Physics blog for the Guardian and has written articles for a range of publications, including the Guardian and New Scientist.

About Wayne Forester

Wayne Forester is an actor and voice-over artist known for his work on Captain Scarlet, Timesplitters: Future Perfect, Renaissance, and The Fimbles. He is a keen private pilot and in his spare time he enjoys flying light aircraft, his preferred mode of transport. He lives in London with his wife Béatrice and their daughter Amélie.