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By Richard Hammond

Born in China in 1912, Chien-shiung Wu got here to the us to review physics on the collage of California at Berkeley. Madame Wu, as she was once known as, used to be some of the most unusual ladies physicists of her time, and served because the first woman president of the yank actual Society within the Nineteen Seventies.

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The president was indeed convinced, and in response, in 1940, the covert Manhattan Project began, starting with a $40,000 grant to Columbia University in New York City. Although that is not enough to cover the expenses of a graduate student in physics today, it was enough to start what might be called the most important project the United States has ever initiated. At about this time, Oppenheimer had gone to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to design and build the first atomic bomb. Many of the Berkeley graduate students were invited to join the project, but not Wu because she was Chinese.

Theorists suspected two possible mechanisms for this weak gamma radiation. One was that after the electron was emitted, the resulting change in the nucleus caused a photon to be emitted. These are called internal X-rays. The other possibility was that when an electron got too close to the nucleus, the intense interaction caused photons to be emitted, which were called external X-rays. But, which, if either, was right? Wu decided to find out. Wu was able to find errors in other experiments that had large discrepancies between the experimental result and the theory.

Japan had issued the famous list of Twenty-one Demands that would have practically reduced China to a protectorate of Japan. In response, there was a wave of nationalism sweeping through parts of China, especially among students. ” She led hundreds of student protesters through the streets of Nanking in the early 1930s. The goal was to reach the presidential mansion, so Courageous Hero had to navigate her flock through the backstreets so as not to be stopped. When the group reached the mansion, they held what today would be called a β€œsit-in,” waiting resolutely until their voices would be heard.

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