The illustrated book is an engaging biography of Wu Chien Shiung, who was born in China a century ago, when most girls lack support to education or treated as equal. Chien Shiung’s parents gave her a name meaning “Courageous Hero” and encouraged her love for learning. The story follows Wu Chien Shiung’s life of learning and battling sexism racism in the field of science. Along the way, she earned respect from renowned scientists and was recognized as the “Queen of Scientist” for her work on beta decay.
Chien Shiung received the honor of being elected as the first woman elected President of the American Physical Society, and many other honors. If Chien Shiung had given up her love for physics when she was scrutinized, would she later earn the honor of “Queen of Physics”? The story encourages young women in science to never cease learning, even when the society defeats you. The story covered scientific terms which are further explained in the glossary at the end of the book—serves as a great follow up learning lesson for you and your children.
- Find the book on Amazon at: Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom
- Access the online educator resources about the book from author’s site: Educator Resources – Teresa M.Robeson (teresarobeson.com)
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