AUTHORSegrè, Emilio
TITLEThe Discovery of Nuclear Fission
PERIODICAL TITLEPhysics Today
DATE PUBLISHED1989
VOLUME NUMBER42
ISSUE NUMBER7 (July)
PAGE NUMBERS38-43
ISSN0031-9228


Written by famous physicist Emilio Segrè, this article chronicles the discovery of nuclear fission and how it was hindered by mistakes in experiments and interpretations. It describes the research and mistakes of Meitner, Irène Curie, Strassman, and Hahn, and the scientists’ failure to pay closer attention to an article by Ida Noddack. It concludes with the eventual discovery of fission by Frisch and Meitner and further related experiments – some failures and a few successes.


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