AUTHORFermi, Laura
TITLEAtoms in the Family
PUBLISHERUniversity of New Mexico Press
CITYAlbuquerque, NM

In this biography, Enrico Fermi’s wife, Laura Fermi, tells the story of her life with the great atomic scientist and of their emigration from Italy to the United States in the 1930s. Her description of his life includes a great deal of social history as she traces her husband’s career from his childhood. Her story includes how he taught himself physics and his ascent in the Italian university system concurrent with the rise of Fascism. She goes on to depict his acceptance of the Nobel Prize, which allowed him the opportunity to flee the country without arousing government suspicion, and his subsequent work at Columbia University, Los Alamos, and the University of Chicago. The view of life in the U.S. from the perspective of an urban European woman offers insights into the culture of U.S. university life.

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