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The discoveries and inventions of physicists in this century have revolutionized modern life. One hundred years ago, scientists questioned the very existence of atoms and knew almost nothing about the cosmos. Today, physicists can arrange individual atoms on a surface and make an image of the result, and have begun to unravel the history of time and the universe.In this book, Curt Suplee documents one of the most remarkable flowering of knowledge in human history. He explains the astonishing experiments and achievements of such innovators as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrödinger, Hans Bethe, and Richard Feynman. The extraordinary illustrations focus mainly on the remarkable images -- from the atomic to the cosmic scale -- made possible by the instruments of advanced physics. Also included are photographs of experimental equipment and pioneering inventions.