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Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima

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In 1898, Marie Curie first described a phenomenon she called "radioactivity." A half-century later, two physicists would stand before dawn in the New Mexico desert, slathering themselves with sunscreen-and fearing that the imminent test detonation might ignite Earth's atmosphere in a cataclysmic chain reaction and transform our planet into a burning star.

This is the epic story of Curie's quest to unlock the secrets of the material world; of the scientists-Rutherford, Bohr, Einstein, Oppenheimer-who built upon her work; of the day the first weapon of mass destruction dropped on Hiroshima, bringing both sudden terror and sudden peace, and of the new era of global uncertainty that emerged in its wake. With the clarity of great science writing, the vividness of historical narrative and the insight of biography, Before the Fallout is an unforgettable and sweeping account of the scientific discovery that changed the world.

 

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Preston describes the development of nuclear weapons, beginning with Marie Curie's work with radioactivity at the turn of the twentieth century and discussing the advances of subsequent scientists like Rutherford, Bohr, Einstein, and Oppenheimer. She traces how scientific discoveries were transformed into the atomic weapon first used on Hiroshima. Preston is the author of other books, including Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Preston describes the development of nuclear weapons, beginning with Marie Curie's work with radioactivity at the turn of the twentieth century and discussing the advances of subsequent scientists like Rutherford, Bohr, Einstein, and Oppenheimer. She traces how scientific discoveries were transformed into the atomic weapon first used on Hiroshima. Preston is the author of other books, including Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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With the clarity of great science writing, the vividness of historical narrative, and the insight of biography, this new work by the author of "Lusitania" is the story of the atomic bomb.

About the Author

Diana Preston is the author of A Pirate of Exquisite Mind (co-written with her husband), Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy, The Boxer Rebellion, and The Road to Culloden Moor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425207895
Author:
Preston, Diana
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
Nuclear Physics
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Hiroshima-shi (Japan) History.
Subject:
Science -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.18x6.22x.90 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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