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- DescriptionBorn in China in 1912, Chien-shiung Wu came to the United States to study physics at the University of California at Berkeley. A meticulous researcher, she joined her former professor, Dr. Oppenheimer, on the Manhattan Project to find ways to produce radioactive uranium for the atomic bomb and improve radioactive detectors. Establishing herself as a world-rewned experimentalist in nuclear physics, Wu was asked by two top theoretical physicists, Tsung-dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang, to see if a 'fundamental truth' of physics was wrong. Her confirmation of nparity in weak forces - that is, that right and left symmetry do t exist when atoms are in a weakened, less stable state - rocked the physics world. Until that point, physicists had assumed that parity - equality between the left and right sides of an atom - existed in all states. Madame Wu, as she was called, was one of the most distinguished women physicists of her time, and served as the first female president of the American Physical Society in the 1970s.
- Author(s)Richard Hammond
- PublisherChelsea House Publishers
- Date of Publication15/10/2009
- SubjectChildren's General Non-Fiction
- Series TitleMakers of Modern Science
- Place of PublicationBroomall
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintChelsea House Publishers
- Content Noteblack-&-white photographs & line illustrations, chronology, glossary, internet resources, further reading, index
- Weight340 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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