Hydrogen truly has been the essential element in the evolution of our universe in the development of the early quantum theory of atomic structure quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics nuclear magnetic resonance and the creation of the atomic clock and in many other discoveries and theoretical advances. In this biography of hydrogen rigden shows how this singular atom the most abundant in the universe has helped unify our understanding of the material world from the smallest scale the elementary particles to the largest the universe itself it is a tale of startling discoveries and dazzling practical benefits spanning more than 100 years. Hydrogen the essential element john s rigden harvard university press 2003 science 280 pages 4 reviews seduced by simplicity physicists find themselves endlessly fascinated by hydrogen the simplest of atoms hydrogen has shocked it has surprised it has embarrassed it has humbled and again and again it has guided physicists to . Hydrogen is essential to you and to me and it deserves its fair recognition for its role in the evolution of our universe and our planet as we know them i was also impressed with was the natural integration of an historical narrative and the ability for the author to set the context in i really enjoyed this book about well hydrogen. It is all around us though hydrogen gas floats out of our atmosphere to join the hydrogen atoms that are in the vacuum of space hydrogen makes up a large proportion of stars water and ourselves john s rigden has written an admiring tribute to the simplest atom hydrogen the essential element harvard university press
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