Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein Physics is the science which ties all others together. Aiming to explain the universe, from the smallest subatomic particles to vast galaxies, and the very nature of space-time, it represents human intellectual endeavour at its most ambitious. This illustrated guide traces the development of physics, from the natural philosophers of the ancient world to cutting-edge experiments in quantum mechanics. These complex ideas are expressed in clear and easy-to-understand language, providing a wonderful introduction to the vast subject. Topics include: * The nature of matter - first theorized as atoms 2,500 years ago * Light and optics * Masses and forces * The bizarre subatomic world of quantum mechanics * Our fascination with the stars * The universe around us, from the Big Bang to distant galaxies ABOUT THE SERIES: Arcturus Fundamentals Series explains fascinating and far-reaching topics in simple terms. Designed with rustic, tactile covers and filled with dynamic illustrations and fact boxes, these books will help you quickly get to grips with complex topics that affect our day-to-day living.