On the belated discovery of fission

@article{Pearson2015OnTB,
  title={On the belated discovery of fission},
  author={J. Michael Pearson},
  journal={Physics Today},
  year={2015},
  volume={68},
  pages={40-45}
}
  • J. Pearson
  • Published 31 May 2015
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