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Atomic energy for military purposes : the official report on the development of the atomic bomb under the auspices of the United States government, 1940-1945

Author: Henry De Wolf Smyth
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1945.
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Smyth, Henry De Wolf, 1898-1986.
Atomic energy for military purposes.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1945
(OCoLC)595388938
Online version:
Smyth, Henry De Wolf, 1898-1986.
Atomic energy for military purposes.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1945
(OCoLC)607759206
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry De Wolf Smyth
OCLC Number: 770285
Notes: "Written at the request of Maj. Gen. L.R. Groves, U.S.A."
"This book is a republication, with the modifications detailed in the author's preface, of the official report issued by the 'Manhattan District, ' U.S. Corps of Engineers (the name given by the War Department to the Atomic Bomb Project)."
Originally published under title: A general account of the development of methods of using atomic energy for military purposes under the auspices of the United States government, 1940-1945. Washington, D.C. : [U.S.G.P.O.], 1945. The G.P.O. ed. was preceded by a lithoprint ed., with the same title, issued to members of the press and the scientific community in early August. Only the latter is mentioned on the front flap of the dust jacket: "The report was first issued by the Army in a small typewritten edition reproduced in lithoprint. Princeton University Press discovered that this was in no way filling the demand and undertook this edition as a public service."
Also known as "Smyth report."
"Minor changes have been made for this edition. These changes consist of the following variations from the report as issued August 12, 1945: (1) Minor clarifications and corrections in wording; (2) Inclusion of a paragraph on radioactive effects issued by the War Department to accompany the original release of this report; (3) Addition of a few sentences on the success of the health precautions; (4) Addition of a few names; (5) Addition of Appendix 6, giving the War Department release on the New Mexico test of July 16, 1945; (6) Inclusion of the photographic section; (7) Inclusion of an index. H.D.S. September 1, 1945"--Page vii-viii. Not mentioned is the deletion of the last sentence in section 8.15, on "poisoning" in the Hanford pile.
Source: Purchase, (DLC #0435E12), Sept. 21, 1945.
Includes indexes.
Description: ix, [3], 264 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, diagrams ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Statement of the problem --
Administrative history up to December 1941 --
Progress up to December 1941 --
Administrative history 1942-1945 --
The metallurgical project at Chicago in 1942 --
The plutonium production problem as of February 1943 --
The plutonium problem, January 1943 to June 1945 --
General discussion of the separation of isotopes --
The separation of the uranium isotopes by gaseous diffusion --
Electromagnetic separation of uranium isotopes --
The work on the atomic bomb --
General summary.
Other Titles: General account of the development of methods of using atomic energy for military proposes under the auspices of the United States government, 1940-1945
Smyth report
Responsibility: by Henry De Wolf Smyth.

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