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Manhattan Project to the Santa Fe Institute : the memoirs of George A. Cowan

Author: G A Cowan
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"George Cowan's memoir is an engaging eyewitness account of how science works and how scientists, as people, work as well. In discussing his career in nuclear physics from the 1940s into the 1980s, Cowan talks about some of his assignments in nuclear forensics, including President Harry Truman's skeptical review of the analysis of Russia's first atomic bomb test in 1949. Throughout his book, Cowan weaves in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographie
Electronic books
Biography
History
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2009030992
(OCoLC)429634771
Named Person: G A Cowan; G A Cowan; George A Cowan
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: G A Cowan
ISBN: 9780826348722 0826348726
OCLC Number: 760158118
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (175 pages) : illustrations
Contents: My early environment --
The world outside our yard --
Movies and vaudeville --
Finding a role --
The deepening Depression --
My high school years --
Undergraduate years at Worcester Polytechnic Institute --
Entering a new world --
Prologue to the Manhattan Project --
I go to the "Met Lab" --
My visit to Oak Ridge --
Nuclear physics research at Columbia University --
Photo gallery I --
I go to Los Alamos --
The Pittsburgh years --
I return to Los Alamos --
The hydrogen bomb --
New heavy elements --
Thermonuclear testing, 1954-1955 --
Life at Los Alamos in the 1950s --
The nuclear intelligence community --
The Oppenheimer hearings --
Los Alamos becomes privately owned --
Banking at Los Alamos --
Poker and theoretical physics --
Project Gnome : the add-on wheel experiment --
Duplicating Mike neutron exposure --
U.S.-U.K. Joint Working Group for Radiochemistry --
International symposium, heavy ion physics, Dubna, Russia --
Photo gallery II --
A trip to the North Pole --
Down the Aleutian Islands to Amchitka --
The Oklo natural reactor --
Disposal of high-level radioactive wastes --
The solar neutrino program --
Atmospheric dynamics around Antarctica --
The White House Science Council --
Simplicity and complexity --
Photo gallery III --
The Santa Fe Institute : its intellectual origins --
SFI becomes operational --
Behavioral science --
My interest in early mental development --
What have I learned? --
What lies ahead? --
Power and complexity.
Responsibility: George A. Cowan.

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The telephone lay in pieces on George Cowan's office desk in the basement of Princeton's physics building. It was his first day as a graduate student in the fall of 1941. This memoir is his  Read more...

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