27 2022

Lise Meitner’s Discovery of Nuclear Fission: a Quintessential Jewish Story

9:30AM - 12:00PM  

Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara 524 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA

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Presented by Dr. David Bisno

We should be enjoying the best of times. But it is possible that with decisions made in Moscow coupled with our determination to defend democracy, we may face the worst of times. David will share with us the story of the origin of nuclear energy. We will appreciate together the history and the science, interwoven as they are with being born Jewish.
The story is one of genius and dishonesty. Lise’s extraordinary relationships raise questions of loyalty and betrayal. Fear, injustice and misogyny are parts of the story of the young Viennese, Jewish woman, Lise Meitner, for whom the study of physics was the battle for ultimate truth about our universe …and ultimately about ourselves. She fled the Nazis, was denied the Nobel Prize and was invited to the White House.
We will encounter Lise’s colleagues Hahn, Strassman, Bohr, Frisch, Fermi, Planck, Curie and Einstein. David will slowly and carefully peel away the shells of the atom for us and explain in layman’s terms what Lise discovered, the awesome, frightening, nuclear chemistry which ushered in the atomic age.

RSVP to Ruby Vargeson at rvargeson@sbjf.org. A light breakfast will be included.