Protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.
("A Short History of Nearly Everything")
More Quotes from Bill Bryson:The whole of the global economy is based on supplying the cravings of two per cent of the world's population.
The biggest attraction in Britain is Britain - the whole package. Our heritage is not just a collection of ornaments scattered across the country, it is Britain itself and makes us gloriously distinguishable from any other country.
It is a curious feature of our existance that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting life but even better at extinguishing it.
The upshot of all this is that we live in a universe whose age we can't quite compute, surrounded by stars whose distances we don't altogether know, filled with matter we can't identify, operating in conformance with physical laws whose properties we don't truly understand.
Four times I was honked at for having the temerity to proceed through town without the benefit of metal.
Incidentally, disturbance from cosmic background radiation is something we have all experienced. Tune your television to any channel it doesn't receive, and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe.
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