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Radioactive!

(2016)
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The fascinating, little-known story of how two brilliant female physicists' groundbreaking discoveries led to the creation of the atomic bomb.

In 1934, Irene Curie, working with her husband and fellow scientist, Frederic Joliot, made a discovery that would change the world: artificial radioactivity. This breakthrough allowed scientists to modify elements and create new ones by altering the structure of atoms. Curie shared a Nobel Prize with her husband for their work. But when she was nominated to the French Academy of Sciences, the academy denied her admission and voted to disqualify all women from membership.

Four years later, Curie's breakthrough led physicist Lise Meitner to a brilliant leap of understanding that unlocked the secret of nuclear fission. Meitner's unique insight was critical to the revolution in science that led to nuclear energy and the race to build the atom bomb, yet her achievement was left unrecognized by the Nobel committee in favor of that of her male colleague.

Radioactive! presents the story of two women breaking ground in a male-dominated field, scientists still largely unknown despite their crucial contributions to cutting-edge research, in a nonfiction narrative that reads with the suspense of a thriller.

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Hardback Editions

January 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World
Author(s): Winifred Conkling
ISBN: 1-61620-415-X / 978-1-61620-415-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World
Author(s): Winifred Conkling
ISBN: 1-61620-641-1 / 978-1-61620-641-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

January 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World
Author(s): Winifred Conkling
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


January 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Radioactive!: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World
Author(s): Winifred Conkling
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK