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Riordan, Michael. The Hunting of the Quark: A True Story of Modern Physics. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987. An engaging and highly readable tale of the discovery of some of the fundamental particles in the 1970s, by a man who saw the process firsthand as a graduate student in physics.

Wilbur, Ken, ed. Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists. Boston: New Science Library/Shambhala, 1984. A useful collection of essays by Heisenberg, Schr"odinger, Einstein, DeBroglie, Jeans, Planck, and Eddington, which despite its tendentious title allows the profound writings of these physicists to speak for themselves.

CREDITS Photographers contributing to this series include: R. Norman Matheny, Neal Menschel, and Melanie Stetson Freeman from the Monitor staff. Editorial and production assistance by Greg Lamb, special projects editor. Contributions to graphics by Robert C. Cowen and Robin Johnston, science writers of the Monitor. In addition the Monitor would like to thank the many physicists who shared their comments on the finer points of quantum mechanics. The photo illustration used throughout this series was produced by 5000K Color Studio, Boston.

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