Lise Meitner (1878-1968) was a pioneer of nuclear physics and co-discoverer, with Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann, of nuclear fission. Braving the sexism of the scientific world, she joined the prestigious Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry and became a prominent member of the international physics community. Of Jewish origin, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Stockholm in 1938 and later moved to Cambridge, England. Her career was shattered when she fled Germany, and her scientific reputation was damaged when Hahn took full credit—and the 1944 Nobel Prize—for the work they had done together on nuclear fission. Ruth Sime's absorbing book is the definitive biography of Lise Meitner, the story of a brilliant woman whose extraordinary life illustrates not only the dramatic scientific progress but also the injustice and destruction that have marked the twentieth century.
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Awards won for this title include: Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize, History of Science Society 1998; Silver Medal for nonfiction, Commonwealth Club of California 1997; Finalist, PEN Center USA West 1997; Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award; Best Books List, Library Journal 1996From the Inside Flap :
"Deprived of the Nobel Prize she so clearly deserved for her contribution to the discovery of nuclear fission, Lise Meitner has never been given the attention she deserves in the history of twentieth-century physics. Now, with grace, style, and great authority, Ruth Sime sets the record straight."—Susan Quinn, author of Marie Curie: A Life
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Description du livre University of California Press, 1996. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110520089065
Description du livre University of California Press, 1996. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0520089065