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Conkling, Winifred. Radioactive!: How Irene Curie & Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World.

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Conkling, Winifred. Radioactive!: How Irene Curie & Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World. Algonquin Books, 2016. 240p. $17.95. 978-1-61620-4150. Photos. Timeline.

This dual biography of physicists Irene Joliot-Curie and Lise Meitner explores the impact their individual discoveries had on the development of nuclear energy. These women were often denied recognition by their peers and largely forgotten because of their gender. Although Curie and her husband Frederic Joliot were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work with radiation in 1935, she was refused inclusion to the French Academy of Sciences. In 1944, Meitners contributions to the understanding of nuclear fission were ignored in favor of her longtime partners Otto Hahn. Curie and Meitner did not collaborate but were able to build off the others successes or failures.

Using a conversational tone, the author has written a book about historical figures involved in complex science that remains accessible for readers without prior knowledge of these topics. The inclusion of original photographs and images, additional brief explanations of scientific concepts, and a timeline of significant events connected to subjects covered is an unexpected bonus. Teens looking for material to complete a research paper will be glad to find this easy-to-read, fact-filled resource. --Stacey Hayman.

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Author:Hayman, Stacey
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
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Date:Apr 1, 2016
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