From School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-This is a well-rounded portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest experimental scientists. Baxter not only explains Rutherford's major accomplishments-discovering alpha and beta radiation, observing and naming the proton, introducing the concept of "half life" and proving that atoms can be split to create new elements, etc.-in lucid but not oversimplified terms, but she also paints a vivid picture of an ambitious but not egotistical man with a big personality and close family ties. Enlightening diagrams and plenty of photographs of Rutherford and his contemporaries add solid visual elements, and readers after further information will find extensive source notes and generous lists of print and Web resources. Tracing Rutherford's life from childhood in New Zealand to worldwide fame as both a researcher and an educator who trained a generation of nuclear physicists in Canada and Great Britain, the author makes a strong case for placing him high in the all-time pantheon of great scientists.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
For budding chemists and physicists, the titles in the Profiles in Science series extend learning beyond the textbook and offer a detailed look at the men behind some of science’s revolutionary theories. Ernest Rutherford and the Birth of the Atomic Age describes Rutherford’s childhood in New Zealand and his work alongside other venerable scientists such as Marie Curie and Niels Bohr. It recounts his early research in chemical transmutations and the discovery of the concept of radioactive half-life, which earned him a Nobel Prize in 1908. Building on previous advances in atomic theory, Rutherford made more of a name for himself through his model of the atom. Enhanced with reproductions, archival photos, charts, models, and appended back matter, this concludes with the scientist’s legacy. Grades 9-12. --Angela Leeper