Queen of Physics

Queen of Physics : How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

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When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, girls did not attend school; no one considered them as smart as boys. But her parents felt differently. Naming their daughter "Courageous Hero," they encouraged her love of learning and science. This engaging biography follows Wu Chien Shiung as she battles sexism at home and racism in the United States to become what Newsweek magazine called the "Queen of Physics" for her work on how atoms split. Along the way, she earned the admiration of famous scientists like Enrico Fermi and Robert Oppenheimer and became the first woman hired as an instructor by Princeton University, the first woman elected President of the American Physical Society, the first scientist to have an asteroid named after her when she was still alive, and many other honours.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 12.7mm | 480.81g
  • Sterling
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Full-colour illustrations
  • 1454932201
  • 9781454932208
  • 62,084

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"A wonderfully written biography of an important woman scientist hardly known outside of her field of physics. Yes, the difficult science is thoroughly understandable in this picture book biography, but it is the heroism and ethical components of the main character, Madame Wu, whom we follow from birth into old age that centers this powerful little book. Not just for little girls, but for children of all ages. About achievement, honesty, hard work that follows a passion. Do not miss this one." --Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, and many other books

"Huang utilizes spirited mixed-media images with a neutral palette to illuminate Shiung's journey." --Kirkus
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About Teresa Robeson

Teresa Robeson was born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, and now writes and creates from her mini-homestead in southern Indiana where she lives with her scientist husband. A nonfiction winner of the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program, Teresa advocates for greater scientific and cultural literacy. Visit her online at teresarobeson.com and on Twitter @TeresaRobeson.

Rebecca Huang is an illustrator from Taiwan who currently lives in the Bay Area. Rebecca received her MFA degree in illustration from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the author and illustrator of Bobo and the New Baby. You can visit her at rebeccamhuang.com.
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600 ratings
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4 39% (236)
3 12% (71)
2 1% (8)
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