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A Force of Nature By Richard Reeves

A Force of Nature
by Richard Reeves

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A new intellectual biography of Ernest Rutherford, the twentieth century's greatest experimental physicist.
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A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford by Richard Reeves

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.

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About Richard Reeves


Richard Reeves, an award-winning historian and columnist, is the author of many books, including President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. He is a senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He splits his time between New York City and Santa Monica, California.

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GOR010427086
A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford by Richard Reeves
Richard Reeves
Great Discoveries
Used - Like New
Hardback
WW Norton & Co
2007-12-14
208
039305750X
9780393057508
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