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The fly in the cathedral : how a small group of Cambridge scientists won the race to split the atom

Author: Brian Cathcart
Publisher: London : Viking, 2004.
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Three quarters of a century ago, no one, not even the great Lord Rutherford (who discovered it), could describe the atomic nucleus. No theory was possible until it could be tamed experimentally and no satisfactory experiment seemed possible because it guarded its secrets so fiercely. And then, just at the point of despair, two young researchers at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge came along and, with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cathcart, Brian.
Fly in the cathedral.
London : Viking, 2004
(OCoLC)624607843
Named Person: Ernest Rutherford; John Cockcroft, Sir; Ernest Walton; John Cockcroft, Sir; Ernest Rutherford; Ernest Walton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Cathcart
ISBN: 0670883212 9780670883219
OCLC Number: 53709731
Description: xii, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm
Other Titles: How a small group of Cambridge scientists won the race to split the atom
Responsibility: Brian Cathcart.

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Three quarters of a century ago, no one, not even the great Lord Rutherford (who discovered it), could describe the atomic nucleus. No theory was possible until it could be tamed experimentally and no satisfactory experiment seemed possible because it guarded its secrets so fiercely. And then, just at the point of despair, two young researchers at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge came along and, with paper-and-pencil calculations, hand-made apparatus and the occasional lump of plasticine, changed everything, egged on by Rutherford. This book tells the inspiring story behind the "miracle year" of British physics - 1932 - the atom was split, the neutron discovered and nuclear science born.

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