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Half life : the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy

Author: Frank Close
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bruno Pontecorvo dedicated his career to hunting for the Higgs boson of his day-- the neutrino, a nearly massless particle considered essential to the process of nuclear fission. His work on the Manhattan project under Enrico Fermi confirmed his reputation as a brilliant physicist and helped usher in the nuclear age. He should have won a Nobel Prize, but late in the summer of 1950 he vanished. At the height of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Frank Pontecorvo
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Close
ISBN: 9780465069989 0465069983
OCLC Number: 952566153
Description: 1 volume (xix, 378 pages) : illustrations. ; 25 cm
Contents: Midway on life's journey --
First half. From Pisa to Rome ; Slow neutrons and fast reactions : 1934-1936 ; Paris and politics : 1936-1940 ; The first escape : 1940 ; Neutrons for oil and war : 1940-1941 ; East and West : 1941-1942 ; The pile at Chalk River : 1943-1945 ; Physics in the open : 1945-1948 ; Maneuvers : 1945-1950 --
Interlude. West to East --
Half time. chain reaction : 1949-1950 ; From Abingdon --
to where? : 1950 ; The dear departed : 1950 ; The MI5 letters --
Second half. In dark woods ; Exile ; Resurrection ; Mr. Neutrino ; Private Bruno --
Afterllife. The right road lost.
Responsibility: Frank Close.

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PRAISE FOR HALF-LIFE: Physics World, Top Physics Books of 2015 "Close's book digs deeply into the history and science of this still-unsolved mystery of 20th-century physics, and according to reviewer Read more...

 
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