Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World

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  • Author(s): Conkling, Winifred
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    Ed.: First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers. 2016
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    • Abstract:
      The fascinating, little-known story of how two brilliant female physicists'groundbreaking discoveries led to the creation of the atomic bomb. In 1934, Irène Curie, working with her husband and fellow scientist, Frederic Joliot, made a discovery that would change the world: artificial radioactivity. This breakthrough allowed scientists to modify elements and create new ones by altering the structure of atoms. Curie shared a Nobel Prize with her husband for their work. But when she was nominated to the French Academy of Sciences, the academy denied her admission and voted to disqualify all women from membership. Four years later, Curie's breakthrough led physicist Lise Meitner to a brilliant leap of understanding that unlocked the secret of nuclear fission. Meitner's unique insight was critical to the revolution in science that led to nuclear energy and the race to build the atom bomb, yet her achievement was left unrecognized by the Nobel committee in favor of that of her male colleague.Radioactive! presents the story of two women breaking ground in a male-dominated field, scientists still largely unknown despite their crucial contributions to cutting-edge research, in a nonfiction narrative that reads with the suspense of a thriller. Photographs and sidebars illuminate and clarify the science in the book.
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      CONKLING, W. Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Young Readers, 2016. v. First editionISBN 9781616204150. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886. Acesso em: 7 dez. 2019.
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      Conkling W. Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. Vol First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Young Readers; 2016. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886. Accessed December 7, 2019.
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      Conkling, W. (2016). Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World (Vol. First edition). Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Young Readers. Retrieved from http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886
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      Conkling, Winifred. 2016. Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. Vol. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Young Readers. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
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      Conkling, W. (2016) Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Young Readers. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886 (Accessed: 7 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Conkling, W 2016, Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World, vol First edition, Algonquin Young Readers, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, viewed 7 December 2019, .
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      Conkling, Winifred. Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. Vol. First edition, Algonquin Young Readers, 2016. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Conkling, Winifred. Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. Vol. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Young Readers, 2016. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Conkling W. Radioactive! : How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World [Internet]. Vol. First edition. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Young Readers; 2016 [cited 2019 Dec 7]. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1107486&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 December #1

*Starred Review* This joint biography examines two important female scientists who have been largely overlooked by history, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of nuclear science. The name Irène Curie doesn't ring as many bells as that of her parents, Marie and Pierre Curie, though she won the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with her husband, Frédérick Joliot. Conkling (Passenger on the Pearl, 2015) describes Irène's childhood and the Joliot-Curies' discovery of artificial radioactivity, which ushered in the era of nuclear science. Also at work during the 1930s' golden age of physics was Lise Meitner, who fought for her education and career as a physicist, which was challenged because she was a woman and a Jew working in Nazi Germany. In 1938, Meitner discovered nuclear fission, but her research partner unsportingly took the credit. Though Conkling's succinct scientific explanations could have been expanded for clarity, she does an excellent job of describing this historic period and the impact of scientific discoveries made at the time, including the use of X-rays by medics in WWI, the dangers of radiation poison, and the invention of the nuclear bomb during WWII. Black-and-white period photos, scientific asides and diagrams, and a time line enhance the well-cited text. A thorough and engaging study of two female scientists worth their weight in radium. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall

Conkling's biography delves into the separate but ever-so-slightly-overlapping lives of Irhne Curie, daughter of Marie and Nobel Prizewinning French physicist who co-discovered artificial radioactivity; and Austrian physicist Lise Meitner, who co-discovered nuclear fission. The majority of the book details the pioneering women's accomplishments and their lasting impact on the commercial, military, and scientific realms. Informative sidebars and captioned photographs are included throughout. Timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #2

onkling's biography takes an unusual approach, delving into the separate but ever-so-slightly-overlapping lives of Irene Curie, the Nobel Prize–winning French physicist who co-discovered artificial radioactivity, and Austrian physicist Lise Meitner, who co-discovered nuclear fission. Although the two women hardly came in contact with each other -- and when they did they frequently disagreed -- they had much in common: both were pioneers in their fields, yet remained underappreciated in the larger cultural narrative of scientific endeavors. Both faced immense prejudice within the scientific community, and Meitner doubly so for her Jewish heritage while living in Nazi Germany. Both "saw science as a tool to improve society and enhance the lives of the next generation"; they were horrified that their discoveries were used to create atomic weapons during World War II. Conkling details the women's personal and professional lives from their childhoods to their deaths at ages fifty-eight and eighty-nine, respectively, spending the majority of the book detailing their accomplishments and their lasting impact on the commercial, military, and scientific realms. Informative sidebars provide useful overviews of related science, but their placement is sometimes disruptive; captioned photographs are included throughout, and back matter includes a timeline, a glossary, a "who's who," chapter notes, and a bibliography. kazia berkley-cramer