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A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford
 
 
Author
Richard Reeves.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780393057508
Pages/Publication Date 207/2008
Daedalus Item Code 01951
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Nobel Prize–winning scientist Ernest Rutherford, who left colonial New Zealand in 1895 for a Cambridge University 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. Above all, Rutherford and the young men working under him were the first to split the atom, unlocking tremendous forces that Rutherford himself predicted would bring us the atomic bomb. In Richard Reeves' hands, Rutherford emerges fully as a ruddy, genial man and a towering figure in scientific history.

"Although less well known today, Rutherford was as famous in his lifetime as Einstein became, and his work is equally important to atomic and particle physics.... This biography does an outstanding job of capturing the excitement and almost breathless pace of physics research in the 20th century's first four decades; for those who want to read more, Reeves provides ample endnotes for each chapter."—Publishers Weekly

 
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