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Journey to the Center of the Atom

Series: Explorer #1
Author: Gaskin, Carol
Illustrators: Martishius, Walter P. (interior)
Rivoche, Paul (cover)
Release Date: May, 1987
ISBN: 0590403362 / 9780590403368
Length:115 pages (plus background material)
Number of Endings:7
User Summary: You are assigned to help two scientists learn more about the subatomic realm. To accomplish this, you must shrink to an incredibly small size and see a quark.
Demian's Thoughts: This book has quite a few flaws and redeeming features, so it's hard to decide whether it's good or not. It seems unlikely that the educational aspect of the book could be very effective (particle physics are rather hard to accurately describe in two or three pages of background material) and the science in the book is really quite silly for the most part. On the other hand, there are a few moments where interesting ideas are put forth and some of the endings are delightfully bizarre.

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Dtar's Thoughts: I think this one was a great teaching tool for scientific notation and the scale of things in the natural world. The reader drops down to 10(-5)m, that's just 10 microns tall, so bacteria are visible, thrashing around via flagella and so on. Unfortunately, my version has some kind of printing error and a large number of pages are missing, so I couldn't get through it all.

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