A Force of Nature

A Force of Nature

The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford

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Ernest Rutherford, who grew up in colonial New Zealand and came to Cambridge on a scholarship, made numerous revolutionary discoveries, among them the orbital structure of the atom and the concept of the "half-life" of radioactive materials, which led to a massive reevaluation of the age of the earth--previously judged just 100 million years old. Above all, perhaps, Rutherford and the young men working under him were the first to split the atom, unlocking tremendous forces--forces, as Rutherford himself predicted, that would bring us the atomic bomb.Rutherford, awarded a Nobel Prize and made Baron Rutherford by the queen of England, was also a great ambassador of science, coming to the aid of colleagues caught in the Nazi and Soviet regimes. Under Rutherford's rigorous and boisterous direction, a whole new generation of remarkable physicists emerged. In Richard Re's hands, Rutherford leaps off the page, a ruddy, genial man and a towering figure in scientific history.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393057508
039305750X
Branch Call Number: 530.092 RUTHE REE
Characteristics: 207 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

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