A Force of Nature
The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford
ISBN10: 0393333698 ISBN13: 9780393333695 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Dec 14 2008 Pages: 207 Weight: 0.40lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
Born in colonial New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford grew up on the frontier--a different world from Cambridge, to which he won a scholarship at the age of twenty-four. His work revolutionized modern physics. Among his discoveries were the orbital structure of the atom and the concept of the "half-life" of radioactive materials. 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. In Richard Reeves's hands, Rutherford comes alive, a ruddy, genial man and a pivotal figure in scientific history.