DIRECTORReed, Rosemarie
TITLEThe Path to Nuclear Fission: The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn
DISTRIBUTORFilmakers Library
RUNNING TIME56 minutes

This documentary film blends science, the lives of physicist Lise Meitner and chemist Otto Hahn, and the social and political environment of Germany in the first half of the 20th century into a fascinating narrative of the discovery of nuclear fission. The film uses documentary footage, photographs, and interviews with historians to present an accurate portrayal of the events that led to that seminal discovery. The narrative highlights the contributions of Hahn and Meitner as well the effects of the discovery on the lives of both scientists. It emphasizes the complementary contributions of chemistry and physics to the discovery. The film is an excellent introduction to that significant period in the history of nuclear science.

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