Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics

Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics

by Ruth Lewin Sime
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520208609

ISBN-13: 9780520208605

Pub. Date: 06/27/1997

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520208605
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/27/1997
Series:
California Studies in the History of Science Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS / vii
1. Girlhood in Vienna / 1
2. Beginnings in Berlin / 23
3. The First World War / 46
4. Professor in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut / 76
5. Experimental Nuclear Physics / 109
6. nder the Third Reich / 134
7. Toward the Discovery of Nuclear Fission / 161
8. Escape / 184
9. Exile in Stockholm / 210
10. The Discovery of Nuclear Fission / 231
11. Priorities / 259
12. Again, World War / 279
13. War Against Memory / 309
14. Suppressing the Past / 326
15. No Return / 347
16. Final Journeys / 362
APPENDIX / 381
ABBREVIATIONS / 389
NOTES / 393
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY / 505
INDEX /513

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