AUTHORMerricks, Linda
TITLEThe World Made New: Frederick Soddy, Science, Politics, and Environment
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This biography presents the British scientist Frederick Soddy, who worked with Rutherford in a series of investigations that produced the explanation of radioactivity, and who was also a social activist. Soddy received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the chemistry of radioactive substances and his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes. The book treats his childhood and training, his work in Canada as a young scientist, the move to Scotland and his success there, and his growing social concerns. Soddy felt that science and scientists held a responsibility to society; his belief that the government should strictly control atomic energy led him eventually to leave scientific research. Soddy was also involved in economics, ecology, energy conservation, environmental ethics and social reform. The book closes with a description of the Frederick Soddy Trust, which funds scientific projects including this book. It contains extensive notes and a good bibliography.

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