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The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
  the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
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Strongly Associated with:   molecule
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  • The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
  • By 1942, however, we knew that the Germans were working feverishly to find a way to add atomic energy to all the other engines of war with which they hoped to enslave the world.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • It came as close to photographing atoms as science could manage.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • In our own time, however, scientists have discovered that atoms can be broken into smaller "elemental particles."
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • ...we split the atom and release this energy.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • ...the city had been destroyed by the energy released when atoms were somehow split in two.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I don’t trust no atom bombs.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • They had teethed away the last atoms of its substance.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • America’s a brave new Atomic world and the South’s just beginning its Industrial Revolution.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Even the room felt restive: The afternoon sun lit up an atomic flurry of dust motes.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • And she was on the ship again with her father, with Valentine, and she was throwing everything she had, every bit of strength, every last atom of will and energy into crafting a rune, a rune that would burn down the world, that would reverse death, that would make the oceans fly up into the sky.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Or how about a linear accelerator, just a small one so I can split a few atoms?
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • In the silence that had slammed down after the 4th Wave struck, the report of the rounds sounded louder than an atomic blast.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • My brothers liked it if we got one with F-16 fighter jets or nuclear missiles, though my father said if our politicians hadn’t spent so much money on building an atomic bomb we might have had enough for schools.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • They seemed to be going haywire, colliding with one another like excited atoms.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The echo seemed to shake the very atoms of his being.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Glass turned slowly, every atom in her body turning to ice.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He asks questions about atoms and clouds, about fish and mammals, about famous religions and dead presidents.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • When every atom of you strains to do the opposite?
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The exercise will be programmed as if an atom bomb had exploded and incendiary and high-powered bombs had rained down on the entire amusement area.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • He took first shot and killed about thirty of mine with an atomic bomb.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • We were doing the molecular structure of atoms and how they vibrate.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • "I merely rearranged the atoms," Charles Wallace said loftily.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • If you figured out a way to bring yourself to another time, probably through some sort of teleportation—you’d be somehow re-creating your atoms, really, not physically moving them, I’m guessing; that would be tricky…."
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • They circled the twisted, scarred Atomic Dome.
    Eleanor Coerr  --  Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • Carrying a whole lot of atomic weight.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • "There’s atoms, which is things that is too small to see, that’s what we’re all made of.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Right before the Cultural Revolution, the picture had been of a huge mushroom cloud from an atomic explosion, with a tiny big-nosed American trembling in the corner.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • The bomb didn’t detonate during the crash, of course, because atomic weapons don’t work that way.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • By adding microscopic layers, a few thousand atoms every month, each atop the next.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • And God created the whole universe from an atom no bigger than a thought.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Then Damien’s eyes go wide like he’s just discovered the atom or the concept of self-pleasure.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Through the years he took his stopped watches to "the One who set the atoms dancing," or "who keeps the great currents circling through the sea."
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • But you mustn’t act like the atomic bomb has fallen on you.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Anyway, we’ll probably blow ourselves sky-high before the end of the century, given the atom bomb and the way things are going.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I asked Xandra one evening when she was in the kitchen unwrapping the night’s plastic tray of Atomic Wings and blue cheese dip.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Perhaps it was the time when the atomic bomb had fallen on Colchester.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He used a word that sounded like "atomic."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • We’ve started and won two atomic wars since 1960.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • About the atom bomb?
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The field growing and growing, the molecules bursting apart but finding nowhere for the separate atoms to go.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • In a bombproof dug-out I may be smashed to atoms and in the open may survive ten hours’ bombardment unscathed.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The visit before this one, it was oxygen atoms in the atmosphere scattering the blue light from the sun.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Did Saddam actually own the completed article, a finely tuned atomic bomb or missile?
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Anyway, I’m sort of glad they’ve got the atomic bomb invented.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • I don’t believe there’s an atom of meaning in it.’
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • The impact of a four-ton pickup truck going sixty miles an hour plowing straight into the passenger side had the force of an atom bomb.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • For a few weeks, I preoccupied myself with gravity and momentum, atoms and cells, the Anglo-Afghan wars, instead of thinking about Hassan and what had happened to him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Did they drop the atom bomb?
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • She was beautiful the way an atomic explosion is beautiful.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
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