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Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner's Call to Science



by
Jeannine Atkins

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781665902502
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Discrimination: Religious , Discrimination: Sexism
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From the acclaimed author of Finding Wonders and Grasping Mysteries comes a gorgeously written biography in verse about the pioneering Jewish woman physicist whose scientific prowess changed the course of World War II.

At the turn of the 20th century, Lise Meitner dreamed of becoming a scientist. In her time, girls were not supposed to want careers, much less ones in science. But Lise was smart—and determined. She earned a PhD in physics, then became the first woman physics professor at the University of Berlin. The work was thrilling, but Nazi Germany was a dangerous place for a Jewish woman. When the risks grew too great, Lise escaped to Sweden, where she continued the experiments that she and her laboratory partner had worked on for years. Her efforts led to the discovery of nuclear fission and altered the course of history.

Only Lise’s partner, a man, received the Nobel Prize for their findings, but this moving and accessible biography shows how Lise’s legacy endures.

Author’s note. Time line. “Lise Meitner’s Friends and Colleagues.” Selected bibliography. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Religious , Discrimination: Sexism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

860L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2022

Book Genres

Biographical Fiction, Novels in Verse

Topics

Lise Meitner (1878–1968). Novels in verse. Physicists. Women scientists. Jewish women. Twentieth-century Europe. World War II (1939–1945). Friendship. Scientific discovery. Nuclear fission. 

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