Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb

Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb

Bomb meets Code Girls in this nonfiction narrative about the little known female scientists who were critical to the invention of the atomic bomb--and the moral implications of their work.

They were leaning over the edge of the unknown and were afraid of what they would discover there.

Meet the World War II female scientists who worked in the secret sites of the Manhattan Project. Recruited not only from labs and universities from across the United States but also from countries abroad, these scientists helped in-and often initiated-the development of the atomic bomb, taking a starring role in the Manhattan Project. In fact, their involvement was critical to its success, though many of them were not fully aware of the consequences.

The atomic women include
Lise Meitner and Irène Joliot-Curie (daughter of Marie Curie), who led the groundwork for the Manhattan Project from Europe;

Elizabeth Rona, the foremost expert in plutonium, who gave rise to the "Fat Man" and "Little Boy," the bombs dropped over Japan; and

Leona Woods, Elizabeth Graves, and Joan Hinton, who were inspired by European scientific ideals but carved their own paths.
This book explores not just the critical steps toward the creation of a successful nuclear bomb, but also the moral implications of such an invention.

Title:Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb
Edition Language:English
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  • Allison Liu

    *4.5 There were a lot of characters and it was slightly hard to keep track of all of them. However, the author did a great job of telling each characters part in a way that each woman was a distinct p...

  • Jean-Christophe Armstrong

    Marie Curie is a badass....

  • TheDeityChildren

    The book was very short, only 200 pages, and written in a very simple, factual way, making it easy for me to read, but nothing in it particularly memorable. I was unable to keep track of all the scien...

  • Hannah Nagy

    (I have the advanced copy!) Personally this book took me a long time to read. It switched from characters all the time and wasn’t done in an easy to understand way. It also didn’t really have a st...

  • Kate Waggoner

    @KidLitExchangeThank you to @littlebrownyoungreaders and @roseannemontillo for sharing an advance copy of Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb by Rosea...

  • Alicia

    It's a short one. This is a super quick introduction to many of the names we've *sort of* heard and names that I haven't heard of related to the discovery of elements and science as they pertain to cr...

  • Julie

    I enjoyed the writing, but this was....kind of a mess. The timelines hopped all over, the book's only a little over 200 pages, so I felt like I wasn't getting to know any of the women, and there was a...

  • Ellie

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