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Here for the first time, in rich, human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan.

Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly — or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers — Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and yon Neumann — stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.

Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step by step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man's most awesome discovery and invention. The Making of the Atomic Bomb has been compared in its sweep and importance to William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It is at once a narrative tour de force and a document as powerful as its subject.

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The author recounts the story of how the atomic bomb was developed, from the discovery at the turn of century of the vast energy locked inside the atom, to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan during the Second World War.

Synopsis:

A gripping, authoritative account of the men, women, science, drama and intrigue behind the single most important event of the century: the discovery of nuclear energy and construction of the atomic bomb. 32 pages of black-and-white photographs.

Synopsis:

With a new Introduction by the author, the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic about how the atomic bomb came to be.

In rich, human, political, and scientific detail, here is the complete story of the nuclear bomb.

     Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began merely as an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers—Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumann—stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.

     Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step-by-step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man’s most awesome discovery and invention. The Making of the Atomic Bomb is at once a narrative tour de force and a document as powerful as its subject.

About the Author

Richard Rhodes is the author of numerous books and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His articles have appeared in many national magazines. He graduated from Yale University and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One: Profound and Necessary Truth

1. Moonshine

2. Atoms and Void

3. Tvi

4. The Long Grave Already Dug

5. Men from Mars

6. Machines

7. Exodus

8. Stirring and Digging

9. An Extensive Burst

Part Two: A Peculiar Sovereignty

10. Neutrons

11. Cross Sections

12. A Communication from Britain

13. The New World

14. Physics and Desert Country

15. Different Animals

16. Revelations

17. The Evils of This Time

Part Three: Life and Death

18. Trinity

19. Tongues of Fire

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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David Wilkins, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by David Wilkins)
A fascinating book - more about the personalities of those making astonishing discoveries ...
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David Wilkins, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by David Wilkins)
The bulk of the book focuses on the intensely human story of a fascinating group of largely European thinkers who explored and discovered how atoms were put together. The various cultures, especially in central Europe, form a fascinating, sometimes chilling, backdrop for these discoveries that would change our ordinary world for decades to come. You'll learn the talents and foibles of a varied band of theorists and experimenters, but not a recipe for making a bomb - only the basic ideas taught to every high school physics student. A dramatic story, surprisingly readable, fascinating at first, and increasingly somber as ideas shape the reality of the weapon.
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David Wilkins, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by David Wilkins)
This book captured my attention from the first paragraph, catching physicist Leo Szilard in mid-thought as he starts to cross a street. It weaves men - and women-, mostly Europeans, their backgrounds and cultures into a tapestry of ideas, experiments and revolutions in thought, whose ideas, made so very concrete, changed our world forever. I was pleasantly surprised to find such detailed insights into the personalities, quirks and ideas of this surprisingly disparate group of scientists, thinkers, and experimenters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684813783
Author:
Rhodes, Richard
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
Atomic bomb
Subject:
Bombe atomique
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Atomic bomb -- History.
Subject:
Military - Weapons
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 23
Publication Date:
August 1995
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 38.885 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The author recounts the story of how the atomic bomb was developed, from the discovery at the turn of century of the vast energy locked inside the atom, to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan during the Second World War.
"Synopsis" by , A gripping, authoritative account of the men, women, science, drama and intrigue behind the single most important event of the century: the discovery of nuclear energy and construction of the atomic bomb. 32 pages of black-and-white photographs.
"Synopsis" by , With a new Introduction by the author, the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic about how the atomic bomb came to be.

In rich, human, political, and scientific detail, here is the complete story of the nuclear bomb.

     Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began merely as an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers—Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumann—stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.

     Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step-by-step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man’s most awesome discovery and invention. The Making of the Atomic Bomb is at once a narrative tour de force and a document as powerful as its subject.

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