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Rutherford
Author: David Wilson

ISBN: 9780262731713
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 625
Published: 30 January 1984
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
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This is the first full-length biography of Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), the most important experimental physicist of his time, and probably the most ingenious since Faraday. It was Rutherford who discovered the atomic nucleus and who first "split" an atom.Based in large part on previously inaccessible letters and other papers, the book traces Rutherford's life from his upbringing in the pioneering society of New Zealand to his burial in Westminster Abbey as Lord Rutherford of Nelson. It recounts his student years at Cambridge, working with J.J. Thomson on the newly discovered X-rays; the years of McGill University when (with Soddy) he established the laws of radioactive decay and demonstrated the transmutation of elements, work that resulted in a Nobel prize; his highly productive years at Manchester when he discovered the nucleus and developed in collaboration with Niels Bohr, the standard model of atomic structure; and finally, his return to Cambridge to direct the Cavendish Laborator...

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