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The Manhattan Project : big science and the atom bomb

Author: Jeff Hughes
Publisher: Duxford, Cambridge : Icon Books, 2002.
Series: Revolutions in science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Established in 1942 at the height of the Second World War, the Manhattan Project was a dramatic quest to beat the Nazis to a deadly goal: the atomic bomb. At Los Alamos and several other sites, American, British, Canadian and refugee European scientists, together with engineers, technicians and many other workers, laboured to design and build nuclear weapons. Their efforts produced 'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man', the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Hughes
ISBN: 1840463767 9781840463767
OCLC Number: 50583797
Description: 170 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm.
Contents: Big science and the bomb --
Long before the bomb: the origins of big science --
Science, the military and industry: the great war and after --
From fission to mission: the origins of the Manhattan project --
Los Alamos: little science on a big scale? --
Thin man becomes fat man: the plutonium implosion programme --
From trinity to victory: making and using the first nuclear weapons --
After the bomb: big science and national security --
From big science to megascience: the age of the accelerators --
The invention of 'big science': large-scale science as pathological science --
Death in Texas: the end of megascience? --
The myths of big science.
Series Title: Revolutions in science.
Responsibility: Jeff Hughes.
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"Established in 1942 at the height of the Second World War, the Manhattan Project was a dramatic quest to beat the Nazis to a deadly goal: the atomic bomb. At Los Alamos and several other sites, American, British, Canadian and refugee European scientists, together with engineers, technicians and many other workers, laboured to design and build nuclear weapons. Their efforts produced 'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man', the bombs that ultimately destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945." "A vast and secret 'state within a state', the Manhattan Project cost $2 billion. It catapulted scientists - particularly nuclear scientists - to positions of intellectual prestige and political influence. State funds flowed for science as never before, leading to the creation of massive new research institutes, especially large particle accelerators designed to explore the properties of matter - like that at CERN, near Geneva. With their huge experiments, complex organisation and lavish funding, these institutes represented a new form of scientific organisation: 'Big Science'."--BOOK JACKET.

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'I am become death, destroyer of worlds.' Robert J. Oppenheimer, Manhattan Project scientific director

 
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