By Darryl J. Leiter
One other vital survey within the awesome Scientists sequence, A to Z of Physicists focuses not just at the lives and personalities of these profiled, but in addition on their learn and contributions to the sphere. a desirable and critical component of this quantity is the eye paid to the stumbling blocks that ladies and minority physicists have conquer to arrive their own targets. via incidents, quotations, and images, the entries painting anything of the human face that's frequently misplaced in books on technology and scientists. A to Z of Physicists positive factors one hundred fifty entries and 50 black-and-white images. Culturally inclusive and spanning the total diversity of physicists from precedent days to the current day, this can be a great source for college students and common readers drawn to the heritage of physics or the numerous facets of the non-public lives of significant physicists.
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B ᨳ University of Wisconsin at age 15. He chose to major in engineering, both because of his love of mathematics and because he had no desire to be an academic as his father was. S. S. the following year, at the University of Wisconsin. Between 1928 and 1930, he was a graduate assistant, examining mathematical problems of antennas and working on applied geophysics. The Great Depression had begun and jobs were scarce. He managed to get hired by Gulf Research in Pittsburgh, where he worked on mathematical modeling of magnetic and gravitational oil prospecting surveys.
After working on the development of radar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, he joined the Manhattan Project, which Pres. Bethe, Hans Albrecht 27 Hans Bethe laid the foundation for nuclear physics, explained the dynamics of stars, and headed the theoretical group that developed the atomic bomb. (AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Marshak Collection) Franklin Delano Roosevelt had charged with the mission of developing on atomic bomb. As director of the Theoretical Physics Division at Los Alamos, Bethe played an important role in the work that led to the first successful atomic bomb test in the New Mexico desert in July 1945.
He also gave a more precise quantitative form to NIELS HENRIK DAVID BOHR’s theory of the compound nucleus. Bethe summarized his own work and other theoretical and experimental studies in nuclear physics in three articles in the Reviews of Modern Physics, which became the basic textbook for nuclear physicists. Bethe’s fundamental work on nuclear reactions led him to the discovery of the nuclear processes that supply stellar energy, a problem that had remained unsolved since LORD KELVIN (WILLIAM THOMSON) and HERMANN VON HELMHOLTZ had drawn attention to it 75 years earlier.
A to Z of Physicists (Notable Scientists) by Darryl J. Leiter