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The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949

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Rich in personality, action, confrontation, and deception, is the first fully realized popular account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. The book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's Farm Hall transcripts, coded soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the soviet archives. Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of 'Joe-1,' August 1949's first Soviet atomic bomb test. Why did physicists persist in developing the atomic bomb, despite the devastation that it could bring? Why, despite having a clear head start, did Hitler's physicists fail? Could the soviets have developed the bomb without spies like Klaus Fuchs or Donald Maclean? Did the allies really plot to assassinate a key member of the German bomb program? Did the physicists knowingly inspire the arms race? is a grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius: a tale barely believable as fiction, which just happens to be historical fact.

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An epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding: the monumental race to build the first atomic weapons.

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Jim Baggott is an award-winning science writer. A former academic chemist, he maintains a broad interest in science, philosophy, and history, and writes on these subjects for New Scientist and other journals. His books have been widely acclaimed and include A Beginner's Guide to Reality (Pegasus, 2006), The First War of Physics (Pegasus, 2010), The Meaning of Quantum Physics (Oxford, 1992), and Beyond Measure Modern Physics, Philosophy, and the Meaning of Quantum Theory (Oxford, 2004). He lives in England.

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Very intresting insight into a seldom discussed topic.
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ISBN:
9781605981970
Subtitle:
The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949
Author:
Baggott, Jim
Publisher:
Pegasus
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
History of Science-General
Publication Date:
20110815
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 pages of black-and-white photographs
Pages:
584
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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