Radioactive!: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World

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$10.95  $10.18
Publisher
Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date
Pages
240
Dimensions
5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781616206413

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About the Author
Winifred Conkling studied journalism at Northwestern University and received her master of arts in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her most recent book is Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot.​ She has written more than thirty nonfiction books for adults. Her book Passenger on the Pearl won the Carter G. Woodson award. Her first book for children, Sylvia & Aki, won the 2012 Jane Addams Children's Book Award for Older Readers and the 2012 Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
Reviews
"With a great sense of storytelling, author Winifred Conkling introduces two physicists whose major discoveries also brought about more equality and anti-war awareness in the sciences . . . Radioactive! addresses serious topics like the advent of chemical and atomic warfare and the Nazi rise to power, and leaves biography buffs wanting to know more in the best way." --BUST Magazine

"A thorough and engaging study of two female scientists worth their weight in radium." --Booklist, starred review

"Luminous and fascinating, [Radioactive!] recounts the lives and amazing findings of chemist (and daughter of [Marie] Curie) Irène Joliot-Curie, codiscoverer of artificial radiation, and physicist Lise Meitner, codiscoverer of nuclear fission. This title would make a lovely companion to Steve Sheinkin's Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon." --School Library Journal

"In this thorough and clear dual biography, Conkling (Passenger on the Pearl) profiles two 20th-century scientists whose contributions facilitated the creation of the atomic bomb--to their horror. Though Lise Meitner (1878-1968) and Irène Curie (1897-1956) shared an idealistic and passionate devotion to physics, they were often rivals and never worked collaboratively...Both highly educated women struggled against chauvinist attitudes: Curie's efforts to join the French Academy of Science were repeatedly turned down, while Meitner never received a Nobel Prize despite 15 nominations. Conkling successfully redresses that lack of recognition here. A glossary, time line, and extensive Who's Who section provide additional context, along with explanatory sidebars and b&w photos. " --Publishers Weekly