Enrico Fermi: And the Revolutions of Modern Physics

Hardcover | January 1, 1999

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In 1938, at the age of 37, Enrico Fermi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. That same year he emigrated from Italy to the United States and, in the course of his experiments, discovered nuclear fission--a process which forms the basis of nuclear power and atomic bombs. Soon the brilliantphysicist was involved in the top secret race to produce the deadliest weapon on Earth. He created the first self-sustaining chain reaction, devised new methods for purifying plutonium, and eventually participated in the first atomic test. This compelling biography traces Fermi's education in Italy,his meteoric career in the scientific world, his escape from fascism to America, and the ingenious experiments he devised and conducted at the University of Rome, Columbia University, and the Los Alamos laboratory. The book also presents a mini-course in quantum and nuclear physics in an accessible,fast-paced narrative that invokes all the dizzying passion of Fermis brilliant discoveries.

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A whiz in nuclear and quantum physics, Enrico Fermi received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938. Soon afterward, he discovered nuclear fission, which later led to nuclear power and atomic bombs. Enrico Fermi looks at how the brilliant physicist became involved in the top-secret race to build the most destructive weapons known to humank...

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In 1938, at the age of 37, Enrico Fermi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. That same year he emigrated from Italy to the United States and, in the course of his experiments, discovered nuclear fission--a process which forms the basis of nuclear power and atomic bombs. Soon the brilliantphysicist was involved in the top secret race...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:120 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.59 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019511762X

ISBN - 13:9780195117622

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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A whiz in nuclear and quantum physics, Enrico Fermi received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938. Soon afterward, he discovered nuclear fission, which later led to nuclear power and atomic bombs. Enrico Fermi looks at how the brilliant physicist became involved in the top-secret race to build the most destructive weapons known to humankind. Also, a lucid explanation of physics helps the young reader follow the scientist’s discoveries.

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"Personal anecdotes mix well with science to provide a well-rounded picture of Fermi and his friends and associates. Fermi comes across as a brilliant, warm, and approachable person. That was his strength and is the book's strength as well. The black-and-white illustrations are crisp,appropriate, and enhance the text. An excellent short bibliography and a useful index make the book more valuable for its intended audience."--Science Books and Films