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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Fission" by Tom Weston is based on a true story. Our tale centers on Lise Mietner, a Physicist. Women were expected to get married and raise a family, not to dream or pursue a career and especially not in a field like Physics. The year was 1906 when Max Planck was recruiting some of the most brilliant minds in the world. Meitner meets and works with several well-known men including Albert Einstein. However, the person she worked with the closest was Otto Hahn, a chemist. Their research focused on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Their research took Mietner in a different direction as she became a spokesperson on the topic. You may be asking yourself why you are not familiar with the name of Lise Mietner. She was born into a Jewish family in 1878. Hitler hated the Jewish people and removed her name from any of her published research. She barely managed to escape Berlin with her life.
Tom Weston brings Lise Mietner’s story to life. He depicts her in a positive light allowing her personality to shine through as well as her intelligence. Mietner is a shining example for young women today, clearly demonstrating that women can have a successful career. Since I was not familiar with Mietner, I truly appreciated Weston’s ability to show her as a multidimensional character. It is obvious that Weston spent much time researching her life. He did an incredible job of pulling the reader into this book allowing him or her to experience the culture of the era. Kudos to Mr. Weston.