A force of nature : the frontier genius of Ernest Rutherford Richard Reeves New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c 2008 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 207 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 1939-195) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Born in colonial New Zealand, Ernest Rutherford grew up on the frontier — a different world from Cambridge, to which he won a scholarship at the age of twenty-four. His work revolutionized modern physics. Among his discoveries were the orbital structure of the atom and the concept of the “half-life” of radioactive materials.
Rutherford and the young men working under him were the first to split the atom, unlocking tremendous forces — forces, as Rutherford himself predicted, that would bring us the atomic bomb. In Richard Reeves’s hands, Rutherford comes alive, a ruddy, genial man and a pivotal figure in scientific history.