Radioactive!

Radioactive!

How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World

eBook - 2016
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Irene Curie won a Nobel Prize but was denied admission to the French Academy. Lise Meitner solved the riddle of nuclear fission but was written out of the record. This is the first book for young readers to set the story straight and explain the importance of these two women to science and world history. 

The fascinating, little-known story of how two brilliant female physicists’ groundbreaking discoveries led to the creation of the atomic bomb.

In 1934, Irène Curie, working with her husband and fellow scientist, Frederic Joliot, made a discovery that would change the world: artificial radioactivity. This breakthrough allowed scientists to modify elements and create new ones by altering the structure of atoms. Curie shared a Nobel Prize with her husband for their work. But when she was nominated to the French Academy of Sciences, the academy denied her admission and voted to disqualify all women from membership. Four years later, Curie’s breakthrough led physicist Lise Meitner to a brilliant leap of understanding that unlocked the secret of nuclear fission. Meitner’s unique insight was critical to the revolution in science that led to nuclear energy and the race to build the atom bomb, yet her achievement was left unrecognized by the Nobel committee in favor of that of her male colleague.

Radioactive! presents the story of two women breaking ground in a male-dominated field, scientists still largely unknown despite their crucial contributions to cutting-edge research, in a nonfiction narrative that reads with the suspense of a thriller. Photographs and sidebars illuminate and clarify the science in the book.


Baker & Taylor
Shares the lesser-known story of how the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, assisted by her husband Frederic Joliot, discovered artificial radioactivity and won a Nobel Prize in spite of being denied an advanced education, inspiring physicist Lise Meitner to make a vital discovery about nuclear fission. Simultaneous eBook.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616205553 electronic bk
1616205555 electronic bk
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 539.752 CON
Characteristics: 1 online resource (227 pages) : illustrated

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Read about Irène Curie and Lise Meitner, talented physicists whose breakthroughs and achievements contributed to the fields of physics and atomic science, but whose work was also overshadowed by their male colleagues.


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