• "A clear introduction to a fascinating area of physics and astronomy. Chown is to be congratulated on a beautifully crafted book."

    New Scientist
  • "Keeps readers anxious for the next puzzle piece to fall into place. It reads like a Sherlock Holmes novel"

  • "The work of a literary alchemist who tranmutes the iron of complexity into the gold of lucidity"

    The Tennessean
  • "The strength of The Magic Furnace is in the story. It never gets bogged down in scientific jargon"

    Sky & Telescope