Contents

 

 

Foreword

 

PART ONE

What the everyday world is telling you about atoms

 

 

Chapter 1:              The face in the window

                                               

Chapter 2:              Why atoms rock and roll all over the place

                                               

Chapter 3:              Only two peas in a pod at a time

                               

 

PART TWO

What the everyday world is telling you about stars

 

 

Chapter 4:              We need to talk about Kelvin

                               

Chapter 5:              You, me and the spectacularly unlikely triple-alpha process

                               

Chapter 6:              The 4.5-billion-degree furnace


PART THREE

What the everyday world is telling you about the Universe

 

 

Chapter 7:              The unutterable feebleness of starlight

                          

Chapter 8:              The bang before the big one

                               

Chapter 9:              The Humpty Dumpty tendency

                               

Chapter 10:            Random reality

                               

Chapter 11:            Earth’s full – go home

 

 

Glossary