Home > Readers > Reading Lists > CBC Showcase > Book Power (Fall 2017) > Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and…
Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World

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

by Winifred Conkling

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.


Ages: 12-up
ISBN: 9781616204150
Price: $17.95
Published by: Algonquin Books for Young Readers

More

  • 189 Canaries
  • 40 Inspiring Icons: Black Music Greats
  • A Mother Is A House
  • A Season of Flowers
  • A Story Like the Wind
  • All Eyes on Ozzy!
  • Allegro: A Musical Journey Through 11 Musical Masterpieces
  • Aretha Franklin (Little People, BIG DREAMS Series)
  • Archie & Friends Forever
  • Artyfacts
  • B Is for Broadway: Onstage and Backstage from A to Z
  • Bad Machinery Vol. 8
  • Band Nerds: Poetry from the 13th Chair Trombone Player
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History
  • Bill & Ted Save the Universe SC
  • Billan the Bard
  • Bim Bam Boom
  • Blacksmith’s Song
  • Blues Journey
Back to Top