AUTHORStarke, Kurt
TITLEThe Detours Leading to the Discovery of Nuclear Fission
PERIODICAL TITLEJournal of Chemical Education
DATE PUBLISHED1979
VOLUME NUMBER56
ISSUE NUMBER12
PAGE NUMBERS771-775
ISSN0021-9584


This article summarizes the misinterpretations and failures and finally, the successes in research during the 1930s that eventually led to the discovery of nuclear fission. According to the author, Kurt Starke, “… the experiments leading to the fragmentation of uranium were aimed originally at building-up a heavier transuranic element” (p. 771). Starke documented the work of many scientists, including Enrico Fermi, the Joliot-Curies, Fritz Strassman, Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, and Frederick Soddy.


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