Big Idea: Atomic Imagination

Sir Ernest Rutherford featured in an Independent story, ‘Dawn of the nuclear age.’ “No one has described the atom discovered by Rutherford better than the playwright Tom Stoppard: ‘Now make a fist, and if your fist is as big as the nucleus of an atom, then the atom is as big as St Paul’s, and if it happens to be a hydrogen atom, then it has a single electron flitting about like a moth in an empty cathedral, now by the dome, now by the altar.'” The story was extracted from Marcus Chown’s book, The Universe Next Door: Twelve Mind-blowing Ideas from the Cutting Edge of Science.

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