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The making of the atomic bomb

Author: Richard Rhodes
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : The 25th anniversary edition; Simon & Schuster trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Traces the development of the atomic bomb from Leo Szilard's concept through the drama of the race to build a workable device to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rhodes
ISBN: 9781451677614 1451677618
OCLC Number: 764385315
Notes: "With a new foreword"--Cover.
Awards: Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1988.
Description: 838 pages, 42 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. Profound and necessary truth --
Moonshine --
Atoms and void --
Tvi --
The long grave already dug --
Men from Mars --
Machines --
Exodus --
Stirring and digging --
An extensive burst --
Part 2. A peculiar sovereignty --
Neutrons --
Cross sections --
A communication from Britain --
The new world --
Physics and desert country --
Different animals --
Revelations --
The evils of this time --
Part 3. Life and death --
Trinity --
Tongues of fire --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Richard Rhodes.

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With a new introduction from the author, this is the 25th anniversary edition of the Pulitzer prize-winning story of how the atomic bomb came to be.  Read more...

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