Atomic women : the untold stories of the scientists who helped create the nuclear bomb

by Montillo, Roseanne,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Bomb meets Code Girls in this nonfiction narrative about the little-known female scientists who were critical to the invention of the atomic bomb during World War II. They were leaning over the edge of the unknown and afraid of what they would discover there--meet the World War II female scientists who worked in the secret sites of the Manhattan Project. Recruited not only from labs and universities from across the United States but also from countries abroad, these scientists helped in--and often initiated--the development of the atomic bomb, taking starring roles in the Manhattan Project. In fact, their involvement was critical to its success, though many of them were not fully aware of the consequences. The atomic women include: Lise Meitner and Irène Joliot-Curie (daughter of Marie Curie), who laid the groundwork for the Manhattan Project from Europe Elizabeth Rona , the foremost expert in plutonium, who gave rise to the "Fat Man" and "Little Boy," the bombs dropped over Japan Leona Woods, Elizabeth Graves, and Joan Hinton , who were inspired by European scientific ideals but carved their own paths This book explores not just the critical steps toward the creation of a successful nuclear bomb, but also the moral implications of such an invention.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "While the past few years have brought increased awareness of women who contributed to America's space program, many women also played important roles in building the first nuclear bomb. Montillo begins with European scientists such as Marie Curie, Irène Joliot-Curie, and Lise Meitner, whose experiments with radioactivity and work in theoretical physics were seminal. German-American physicist Maria Goeppert-Mayer and Hungarian-American plutonium expert Elizabeth Rona, along with many American women physicists and graduate students recruited for the Manhattan Project, contributed to actually creating the bomb. With so many people discussed and so many back-and-forth shifts among their stories, some confusion is inevitable. But readers familiar with 20th-century science history will be fascinated by the detailed account of the intertwined European scientific communities and the prejudices and difficulties routinely faced by women scientists. Equally interesting is the depiction of the atmosphere within the "Tech Area" at Los Alamos, especially surrounding the Trinity nuclear test and, weeks later, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A well-researched book on women scientists and their roles in developing the atomic bomb.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "On a July morning in 1945, Joan Hinton saw a world-changing explosion: "It was like being at the bottom of an ocean of light." Hinton, a physicist, was one of the many women scientists integral to the development of the atomic bomb whose stories anchor Montillo's (Fire on the Track for adults) narrative in two sections. The first, set in Europe, traces the origins of nuclear science, introducing Marie Curie, whose findings "would have... devastating consequences in the rush to build the atomic bomb," and Lise Meitner, whose theory of fission underpinned the bomb effort. The second section, set in the U.S., focuses on the women scientists developing the bomb, including Hinton. In blunt, declarative prose, Montillo sketches lives and careers. Sexism (" noticed that female students... were tolerated more than included") and deep ambivalence about the bomb ("How would she be able to live with it herself?") recur as themes. Nonchronological editorial choices, a full-to-bursting cast of characters, and a tendency to breeze past scientific concepts (including beta decay, Brillouin zones, and even the workings of the bomb itself) without explanation make understanding the scope and impact of these women's contributions difficult. Still, Montillo's woman-centered narrative fills a major gap in the popular understanding of how the atomic bomb came to be. Ages 12--up. Agent: Rob Weisbach, Rob Weisbach Creative Management. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women physicists -- United States -- Biography.
Nuclear engineers -- United States -- Biography.
Nuclear physics -- Research -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nuclear weapons -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Little, Brown and Company,2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-257) and index.
ISBN 9780316489591
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