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Heisenberg and the Nazi atomic bomb project : a study in German culture

Author: Paul Lawrence Rose
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, ©1998.
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Digging deep into the archival record among formerly secret technical reports, Rose examines early thinking about the atomic bomb not only on the German side but also among Allied scientists. He finds that the early history of fission bomb physics had no shortage of false starts and fumbles in both camps. But, whereas the Allied physicists' ideas crystallized into a realistic prospect for a bomb toward the end of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Werner Heisenberg; Werner Heisenberg; Werner Heisenberg; Werner Heisenberg
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Lawrence Rose
ISBN: 0585321906 9780585321905 0520210778 9780520210776
OCLC Number: 37268211
Description: xx, 352 pages : portrait ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: Why Heisenberg? --
A Note on Historical Terminology of the First Nuclear Age, 1939-45 --
Prologue: The Heisenberg Problem: Deception and Self-Deception --
pt. I. History: The Heisenberg Version and Its Critics. Ch. 1. The Heisenberg Version and Its First Critic, 1945-49. Ch. 2. Elaborating the Heisenberg Version, 1945-76. Ch. 3. Criticizing the Version, 1948-94 --
pt. II. Science: Conceptions and Misconceptions of Physics. Ch. 4. The Atomic Bomb Problem, 1939. Ch. 5. The Frisch-Peierls Solution, 1940. Ch. 6. Heisenberg's False Foundations, 1939. Ch. 7. The Bomb as Reactor: The U[subscript 235] Bomb Misconceived, 1940. Ch. 8. The Reactor as Bomb: Explosive Reactor-Bombs, 1940. Ch. 9. The Reactor and the Bomb: Plutonium, 1940-41. Ch. 10. The Reactor-Bomb Patent and the Heisenberg/Bohr Drawing, 1941. Ch. 11. The Weapons Research Office Report of 1942: Plutonium and the Reactor-Bomb. Ch. 12. The Two Conferences of 1942: Loose Details, Non-decisions, and Pineapples. Ch. 13. Reactor-Bombs, Plutonium Bombs, and the SS: The Report of Activities of 1944. Ch. 14. The Truth: Farm Hall, August 1945 --
pt. III. Culture: German Patriotism, German Morality, and the Truth of Physics. Ch. 15. The German Context: Unpolitical Politics. Ch. 16. The Unpolitical Heisenberg: Patriot and Physicist, 1918-33. Ch. 17. Collusion and Compromise under Hitler, 1933-37. Ch. 18. The Himmler Connection: Heisenberg's "Honor," 1937-44. Ch. 19. Justifying Nazi Victory, 1941-45. Ch. 20. Decency and Indecency at Farm Hall, 1945. Ch. 21. Heisenberg's Peculiar Way, 1945-48.
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