Friday, March 9, 2012

Lise Meitner - Bona Fide Genius

In 1944 Otto Hahn would receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the interpretation of nuclear* fission*. Meitner was not mentioned. Some say this was the greatest oversight ever made by the Nobel prize committee. 

A life fraught with such toil,  loss, neglect, betrayal - in the midst of war  - despite remarkably tenacious bursts of creativity and insight, yet never receiving her share of the credit for discoveries that helped to "split the atom" - it's enough to get me interested in SCIENCE again.

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