A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford Audiobook, by Richard Reeves Play Audiobook Sample

A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford Audiobook

A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford Audiobook, by Richard Reeves Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Alex Hyde-White Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Great Discoveries Series Release Date: June 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798212001120

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44:44 minutes

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08 seconds

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21:58 minutes

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A new intellectual biography of Ernest Rutherford, the twentieth century’s greatest experimental physicist.

Ernest Rutherford, who grew up in colonial New Zealand and came to Cambridge on a scholarship, made numerous revolutionary discoveries, among them the orbital structure of the atom and the concept of the “half-life” of radioactive materials, which led to a massive re-evaluation of the age of the earth―previously judged just 100 million years old. Above all, perhaps, Rutherford and the young men working under him were the first to split the atom, unlocking tremendous forces―forces, as Rutherford himself predicted, that would bring us the atomic bomb.

Rutherford, awarded a Nobel Prize and made Baron Rutherford by the queen of England, was also a great ambassador of science, coming to the aid of colleagues caught in the Nazi and Soviet regimes. Under Rutherford’s rigorous and boisterous direction, a whole new generation of remarkable physicists emerged. In Richard Reeves’s hands, Rutherford leaps off the page, a ruddy, genial man and a towering figure in scientific history.

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“While short, this biography does an outstanding job of capturing the excitement and almost breathless pace of physics research in the twentieth century’s first four decades.”

— Publishers Weekly 


  • “Reeves deploys his considerable writing skill in portraying Rutherford’s personality [and] capturing the full aspect of the man.”

    — Booklist (starred review)

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About Richard Reeves

Richard Reeves is the bestselling author of presidential biographies, including President Nixon and President Kennedy, acclaimed as the best nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine. A syndicated columnist and winner of the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award, he lives in New York and Los Angeles.

About Alex Hyde-White

Alex Hyde-White is an actor and a producer of two films and hundreds of audiobooks thru his label Punch Audio.