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Before the fall-out : from Marie Curie to Hiroshima

Author: Diana Preston
Publisher: London : Corgi Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Corgi edView all editions and formats
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Tells the full story of how a quest to unravel the secrets of the material world produced the knowledge of how to destroy it. This work tells how a scientific adventure shared openly between nuclear  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Preston
ISBN: 9780552770866 0552770868 9780802714459 0802714455
OCLC Number: 858016841
Notes: "Doubleday edition published 2005"--Title page verso.
"The human chain reaction that led to the atomic bomb"--Cover.
Description: 588 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 'Brilliant in the darkness' --
'A rabbit from the Antipodes' --
Forces of nature --
'Make physics boom' --
Days of alchemy --
Persecution and purge --
'Wonderful findings' --
'We may sleep fairly comfortably in our own beds' --
A cold room in Birmingham --
Maud Ray Kent --
'Hitler's success could depend on it' --
'He said "bomb" in no uncertain terms' --
'We'll wipe the Japs out of the maps' --
'V.B. OK' --
'The best coup' --
Beautiful and savage country --
'Mr Baker' --
Heavy water --
Boon or disaster? --
'This thing is going to be very big' --
'Germany had no atomic bomb' --
'A profound psychological impression' --
'An elongated trash can with fins' --
'It's Hiroshima' --
'Mother will not die' --
'A new fact in the world's power politics' --
Epilogue --
Glossary --
Notes and sources --
Picture credits --
Bibliography --
Index.
Other Titles: Before the fallout
Responsibility: Diana Preston.
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