Lise Meitner and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age by Patricia Rife

By Patricia Rife

Lise Meitner and the sunrise of the Nuclear Age, via J.A. Wheeler is an interesting ebook documenting the extreme lifetime of an aspiring girl scientist whose lifestyles used to be full of adversity. Surviving either international Wars and gender discrimination, Meitner was once a pioneer on the vanguard of her self-discipline concerning the research of radio-elements and nuclear fission. on the college of Vienna and the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, Meitner was once encouraged to check experimental physics with a spotlight on atomic constitution via her so much memorable professors Boltzmann and Planck. Meitner's significant discovery was once her paintings with Hahn and the splitting of the atom (nuclear fission). This huge discovery resulted in the discovery of the atomic bomb, which vastly replaced struggle. in addition to her accomplishments Meitner was once a very inspiring girl for her power and private conviction. Meitner slightly escaped from Nazis Germany purely to be remoted in Sweden from the overseas clinical group. She helplessly watched her life of commitment and fulfillment be ignored via the Nobel Prize Committee numerous occasions, basically to have Hahn obtain all of the credits. within the face of the immanent destruction of her profession and existence via the Nazis she skilled the ache of being deserted via shut colleagues. emerging above her hindrances she committed her lifestyles to supporting sufferers of the Holocaust and refusing to paintings on chemical war or nuclear bomb learn, yet as an alternative practising know-how of the ethical tasks scientists had to have during this new nuclear age.

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Despite his important position at the university and in the Prussian Academy of Science, as well as numerous other scientific associations, Planck took a personal interest in a small number of his advanced students, and was quite open with them. Lise noted: In his outward behavior, Planck was very reserved, for all the affection he inspired. Some people mistakenly regarded this as a sign of conceit, but nothing could have been further from his character. He had a rare honesty of mind and an almost naive straightforwardness, well matched by his simplicity in externals.

Lise was also able to predict other results that arose from her own experimental work in optics. ,,48 After its release she was strongly encouraged by her colleagues to consider a career in theoretical physics, but later recalled that it was the Curies ongoing experimental results with radioactivity that piqued her interest in continued lab research. Stefan Meyer temporarily took over the chairmanship of the Physics Institute after Boltzmann's untimely death. Through him Lise Meitner became familiar with the emerging field of radioactivity.

Hahn's reputation had followed him from his postdoctoral year with the boisterous Ernest Rutherford at McGill University in Canada. While learning English in Rutherford's busy labs, Hahn also had discovered several new radioelements. D. training in chemistry had been thorough. However, as Hahn relates in his autobiography: The story must go back to 1904, for that was the year in which I was 'transmuted' from an organic chemist into a radiochemist and thus began to learn about radioactive elements.

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