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By Patricia Rife,J.A. Wheeler

This biography of Lise Meitner (1878-1968), the Austrian Jewish woman physicist on the center of the invention of nuclear fission, additionally appears at significant advancements in physics in the course of her lifestyles. Meitner was once a colleague and good friend of many giants of twentieth century physics: Max Planck, her Berlin mentor, Einstein, von Laue, Marie Curie, Chadwick, Pauli and Bohr. She was once the 1st lady to earn a Ph.D. in physics on the college of Vienna, a pioneer within the learn of radioactive techniques and, along with her nephew Otto Robert Frisch, an interpreter of the method of nuclear fission in 1938. but on the finish of worldwide struggle II, her colleague of thirty years, radiochemist Otto Hahn on my own was once provided the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the “discovery” of nuclear fission — a discovery in accordance with years of analysis within which Meitner used to be at once concerned earlier than her mystery 1938 get away from Nazi Germany to Sweden.

“A tale of 1 of the part dozen such a lot impressive ladies of the 20 th century.” — John Archibald Wheeler, Princeton University

“Patricia Rife’s biography really brings Meitner to lifestyles, either as a scientist and as a woman... Rife weaves Meitner’s own struggles into the social and political cloth of her instances. for instance, the tale of Meitner’s early occupation is informed opposed to the backdrop of the advance of the hot physics, with ample illumination of the restricted customers for girls scientists within the German-speaking global through the early 20th century. while Meitner's tale enters the Nazi period — together with her get away from Germany — it really is as riveting because the most sensible novel.” — Catherine Westfall, expertise and Culture

“A well-written, thorough, readable and engrossing work.” — Gary Goldstein, Peace and alter: a magazine of Peace Research

“Rife has produced a thrilling publication, which reads like a singular and he or she offers justice to Meitner’s lifestyles packed with technology and human stories... [The] e-book is a gorgeous tribute to an excellent scientist; it has much to coach us approximately our international; and it's a nice learn. I warmly suggest it to each person drawn to technology and in history.” — Structural Chemistry

“Lise Meitner involves existence as writer Rife skillfully weaves social, political, and clinical occasions right into a well-researched and documented paintings. Lists of Meitner’s awards and guides and an intensive bibliography entire this glorious book.” — organization of girls in technology Magazine

“The dramatic story of the invention of nuclear fission at the eve of WWII... not only a narrative of ideas... but in addition of the social and highbrow milieu during which those principles have been built. it's also the tale of the way a shy, self-effacing younger girl, via expertise and tough paintings, turned a world-class scientist... Rife tells this tale very well.” — The Antioch Review

“The specific benefit of Rife’s biography of Austrian physicist Meitner is that it locations her existence and paintings in the old context... it truly is complete, more often than not sincerely written... and applicable for undergraduate scholars. barely enough technological know-how is incorporated as to clarify the importance of her work... wide bibliography, informative footnotes.” — Choice

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