"Fission of Uranium by Alpha-Particles." Letters to the Editor.
by FERMI, Enrico; Emilio SEGRÈ.
Lancaster, PA:: American Physical Society, 19441., 1944. In: Physical Review, 1941. Second Series, vol. 59, Jan. 1-June 15, 1941, issue 8, pp. 680-681. 4to. (10.5 x 8 inches; 263 x 200mm). [whole volume]. 1069 pp. Illus., index. Full green gilt-stamped buckram. Library bookplate. Very good. Fermi was a huge figure in the field of radiation and radioactive elements, acknowledged by his winning the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1938. In early 1941, at the onset of WWII, American scientists were just beginning to show an interest in atomic energy. The influx of European immigrant scientists, among them A.H. Compton and E.O. Lawrence, urged the American scientific community to step-up their research in the field. Fermi and his longtime student, friend, and colleague, Segré figured prominently in this effort. By the end of 1941, with the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US entered into the war by declaration of President Roosevelt the very next day.
See: Emilio Segrè, Enrico Fermi, Physicist, University of Chicago Press, 1970, no. 135 (p. 259); Dan Cooper, ?Enrico Fermi, Enrico Fermi: And the Revolutions of Modern Physics, 1999.
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