Book ID: CBB001212958

A Tale of Seven Elements (2013)


Scerri, Eric R. (Author)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: xxxiii + 270 pp.; ill.
Language: English

The book covers a period roughly spanning the two world wars, beginning with the discovery of protactinium in 1917 and ending with that of promethium in 1945. In some cases, the state of war directly influenced attempts to isolate some of the seven elements---this is true of protactinium, when, in 1916, its discoverer, Lise Meitner, wrote of the problems she encountered in purchasing even the most basic items of laboratory equipment. During the second war, the discovery of nuclear fission, also by Meitner and her associates, quickly led to the development of the nuclear weapons program and the associated technologies of particle accelerators. Clearly, scientific discoveries occur within a social and political context and the discovery of the seven elements is no exception. This book draws together for the first time the fascinating stories of the discoveries of these seven elements, placing them in historical context.


Description On seven chemical elements dscovered from 1917 to 1945 and their relationship to developments in nuclear physics in peacetime and wartime.

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Authors & Contributors
Kragh, Helge S.
Mahnke, Heinz-Eberhard
Kit Chapman
Cioci, Vincenzo
Rowland Wynne
Mainz, Vera V.
Physics in Perspective
Twentieth-Century British History
TLS: Times Literary Supplement
Technology and Culture
Spontaneous Generations
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Pavia University Press
Springer International Publishing
University of Wales Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Oxford University Press
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Nuclear fission
World War II
Science and war; science and the military
World War I
Meitner, Lise
Fermi, Enrico
Hahn, Otto
Williams, Evan James
Hahn, Otto (1879-1968)
Weinberg, Alvin Martin
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
Deutsches Museum, Munich

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