Who Split the Atom?

Who Split the Atom?

by Anna Claybourne

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Overview

Who Split the Atom? by Anna Claybourne

Breahthroughs In Science and Technology looks at some of the most important inventions and discoveries that have shaped the way we live, work, and think. In this series, you will meet the scientists and engineers whose innovative work has changed the world forever.

Who Split the Atom? explores the ways in which scientists uncovered the secrets of atoms-the tiny particles of matter that make up our world. From the philosophers of ancient Greece to the particle physicists of today, the story is one of both big ideas and discoveries on an unimaginably minute scale. Splitting the atom was an extraordinary achievement which led to the atom bomb, nuclear energy, and the creation of new elements. It also started a new chapter in atomic science, the results of which have yet to unfold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848376830
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Series: Breakthroughs in Science and Technology Series
Pages: 46
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

What is an atom? 6

Ancient ideas 8

Understanding matter 10

Atoms and elements 12

Dalton's atomic theory 14

Mendeleev's table 16

Radioactivity 18

The plum-pudding atom 20

The gold foil experiment 22

Electron shells 24

Inside the nucleus 26

Could the atom be split? 28

The particle accelerator 30

Splitting the atom 32

Incredible energy 34

The atomic bomb 36

Nuclear power 38

Atom science today 40

Atomic mysteries 42

Glossary 44

Further information 45

Index 46

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