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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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Mentalfloss1, March 20, 2009 (view all comments by Mentalfloss1)
This is an excellent book about how mankind stepped from a relatively innocent past into an intriguing yet frightening future with the discovery of the power of the atom. By reading this book you'll have knowledge of many of the basic concepts of the atomic age and of the people who brought it about. Highly recommended.
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Alfred, August 18, 2007 (view all comments by Alfred)
This may be my favorite non-fiction book. Rhodes manages to intelligibly communicate the development of physics in the 20th century that made the bomb possible, which is no mean feat, but he also describes the the ins and outs of the race to build the bomb.

Beyond the technical aspects, Rhodes is very strong on the state of political argument about the use of extreme force, whether it be fire bombing or atomic bombing. He describes the political environment that prevented the attempts to internationalize the bomb and the beginnings of the nuclear age.

This is a very long book, but it reads remarkably easily for such a complex topic.
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Rhodes, Richard
Simon & Schuster
New York
Military Science
Military - Nuclear Warfare
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Atomic bomb
Bombe atomique
General History
Atomic bomb -- History.
Military - Weapons
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
no. 23
Publication Date:
August 1995
Grade Level:
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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