MARISSA MOSS presents The Woman Who Split the Atom at Berkeley

The Woman who Split the Atom book cover and author photo

Books Inc. proudly welcomes local author Marissa Moss for the launch of her newest non-fiction book The Woman Who Split the Atom. (Ages 10+)


Bestselling author-illustrator Marissa Moss tells the gripping story of Lise Meitner, the physicist who discovered nuclear fission

As a female Jewish physicist in Berlin during the early 20th century, Lise Meitner had to fight for an education, a job, and equal treatment in her field, like having her name listed on her own research papers.

Meitner made groundbreaking strides in the study of radiation, but when Hitler came to power in Germany, she suddenly had to face not only sexism, but also life-threatening anti-Semitism as well. Nevertheless, she persevered and one day made a discovery that rocked the world: the splitting of the atom. While her male lab partner was awarded a Nobel Prize for the achievement, the committee refused to give her any credit.

Suddenly, the race to build the atomic bomb was on—although Meitner was horrified to be associated with such a weapon. “A physicist who never lost her humanity,” Meitner wanted only to figure out how the world works, and advocated for pacifism while others called for war.

The book includes an afterword, author's note, timeline, select terms of physics, glossary of scientists mentioned, endnotes, select bibliography, index, and Marissa Moss’s celebrated drawings throughout. The Woman Who Split the Atom is a fascinating look at Meitner’s fierce passion, integrity, and her lifelong struggle to have her contributions to physics recognized.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
Address: 1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Books: 
The Woman Who Split the Atom: The Life of Lise Meitner Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419758539
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2022

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