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Oral history interview with Amaldi Edoardo, 1969 April 9 and 10.

Author: Edoardo Amaldi; Charles Weiner
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Family background; early interest in physics; chance meeting with Enrico Fermi in youth and early friendship with Emilio Segrè; enrolling in physics at University of Rome; recollections of Orso M. Corbino; 1931 Rome Conference on Nuclear Physics; 1934 visit to Cambridge with Segrè; transition from spectroscopy to nuclear physics work at Rome; reaction to discovery of neutron; Ettore Majorana's work; slow neutron  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Named Person: Herbert Lawrence Anderson; Hans A Bethe; P M S Blackett, Baron Blackett; Niels Bohr; James Chadwick; O M Corbino; Enrico Fermi; Otto Robert Frisch; George Gamow; Ettore Majorana; G Placzek; Franco Rasetti; Emilio Segrè
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Edoardo Amaldi; Charles Weiner
OCLC Number: 154306360
Notes: Advance notice of two business days required to use audio or video tapes.
Interview conducted by Charles Weiner, 9 and 10 April 1969.
Reproduction Notes: 10" reel. 1992. Original recording remastered onto 10" reels.
Description: Sound recordings: 1 5-inch sound reel (ca. 3.5 hrs.), 2 sessions. Transcript: 44 p.

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Family background; early interest in physics; chance meeting with Enrico Fermi in youth and early friendship with Emilio Segrè; enrolling in physics at University of Rome; recollections of Orso M. Corbino; 1931 Rome Conference on Nuclear Physics; 1934 visit to Cambridge with Segrè; transition from spectroscopy to nuclear physics work at Rome; reaction to discovery of neutron; Ettore Majorana's work; slow neutron experiments; Fermi's approach toward theory and experiment; failure to discover fission; break-up of Rome group; 1936 trip to America; construction of two accelerators at Rome; 1939 trip to America; decision to discontinue fission experiments at Rome; usefulness of Hans A. Bethe's review articles; style of Rome group; physics elsewhere in Italy during 1930s; contacts with physicists outside Rome during 1930s; Italian physics during the war; postwar concern with elementary particles; recollections of Fermi in postwar period; work considered personally satisfying. Also prominently mentioned are: Herbert Anderson, Gilberto Bernardini, Torkild Bjerge, Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Niels Henrik David Bohr, James Chadwick, Conversi, Otto Robert Frisch, George Gamow, Ettore Majorana, Pancini, Oreste Piccioni, George Placzek, Franco D. Rasetti, Westcott; Accademia Nazionale (Italy), Cavendish Laboratory, Columbia University, Conference on Nuclear Physics (1931 : Rome, Italy), Istituto superiore di sanità, and University of California at Berkeley, CA.

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