Disintegration of uranium by neutrons: a new type of nuclear reaction. Offprint from Nature, Vol. 143, No. 3615, 11 February 1939 [PMM 422b]. [Offered with:] Products of the fission of the uranium nucleus. Offprint from Nature, Vol. 143, No. 3620, 18 March 1939.
[London: Macmillan, 1939]. First edition, extremely rare offprints, of the discovery of nuclear fission, a process which had been observed by Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann the previous year but for which they were unable to provide an explanation. “In the late 1930s, a series of experiments showed that bombarding..... More