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Inquiry Begins at Home
Inquiry begins at home

Once upon a time, there lived a mother who not only bore a baby boy who grew up to be very famous in America but also became almost as famous because of the way she raised him.

The mother was Sheindel Rabi, and she lived in what is now southeastern Poland. Her son was Isidore I. Rabi, and he grew up to be a very famous nuclear physicist who did pioneering work on the characteristics of the electron. This research led to his receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1944.

His research also meant that he was a very prominent player in a massive scientific undertaking to win World War II, the development of radar. The Brits had, by ...

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