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A Devotion to Their Science  Pioneer Women of Radioactivity, Rayner-Canham, Marelene F. &  Geoffrey W. Rayner-Canham
1 Rayner-Canham, Marelene F. & Geoffrey W. Rayner-Canham A Devotion to Their Science Pioneer Women of Radioactivity
Montreal Mcgill Queens Univ Pr 1997 0773516425 / 9780773516427 Paperback Near Fine with no dust jacket 
Only slight wear to card covers ; A bright, solid book, text unmarked.; 8.98 X 5.98 X 0.94 inches; 307 pages; This work includes biographical essays on 23 women who worked in atomic science during the first two decades of the 20th century, including Marie Curie, Lise Meitner, Irene Joliot-Curie, and a host of lesser-known women scientists whose life stories have never before been told. The biographies highlight the lives and work of these women, noting their contributions and the challenges they faced and overcame. Taken together the essays record their collective experiences, highlighting the support network that developed among them and the reasons women were more predominant in this field in the early part of this century than in other sciences. By recovering and recording individual and collective histories of the many eminent women in radioactivity whose work had a major impact on the scientific discoveries of the last century, a more complete, gender-integrated view of the history of this fascinating field emerges. 
Price: 17.25 CDN
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Lise Meitner  A Life in Physics, Sime, Ruth Lewin
2 Sime, Ruth Lewin Lise Meitner A Life in Physics
Berkeley, CA University of California Press 1997 0520208609 / 9780520208605 Second Printing Softcover Near Fine 
A bright, solid book, card covers are crisp and clean.; 8.90 X 6 X 1.40 inches; 540 pages; "Lise Meitner (1878-1968) was a pioneer of nuclear physics and co-discoverer, with Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann, of nuclear fission. Braving the sexism of the scientific world, she joined the prestigious Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry and became a prominent member of the international physics community. Of Jewish origin, Meitner fled Nazi Germany for Stockholm in 1938 and later moved to Cambridge, England. Her career was shattered when she fled Germany, and her scientific reputation was damaged when Hahn took full credit—and the 1944 Nobel Prize—for the work they had done together on nuclear fission. Ruth Sime's absorbing book is the definitive biography of Lise Meitner, the story of a brilliant woman whose extraordinary life illustrates not only the dramatic scientific progress but also the injustice and destruction that have marked the twentieth century." 
Price: 19.50 CDN
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