And they’ve done it and continue to do it on their own. It is the purpose of this book to help the author, and others so interested, come to grips with this mind boggling state of affairs, and to help develop an intimate knowledge and appreciation for the self-assembly of our universe and of its building blocks, the atoms. To do this the author has, himself, begun self-assembling all of the atomic nuclei listed in the periodic chart of elements using colorful orange and white ping-pong balls, his chosen representatives for protons and neutrons. Through this device, the intimate stories uniquely connected to each of the atoms, their mode of self-assembly, and their role in the creation of the universe, unfold.
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