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    DescriptionThe Human Chain Reaction That Led To The Atom BombOn December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity seems to be an atomic property." A mere 47 years later, "Little Boy"exploded over Hiroshima. Before the Fallout is the epic story of the intervening half century, during which an exhilarating quest to unravel the secrets of the material world revealed how to destroy it, and an open, international, scientific adventure transmuted overnight into a wartime sprint for the bomb. Weaving together history, science, and biography, Diana Preston chronicles a human chain reaction of scientists and leaders whose discoveries and decisions forever changed our lives. The early decades of the 20th century brought Einstein's relativity theory, Rutherford's discovery of the atomic nucleus, and Heisenberg's quantum mechanics, and scientists of many nations worked together to tease out the secrets of the atom. Only 12 years before Hiroshima, one leading physicist dismissed the idea of harnessing energy from atoms as "moonshine." Then, on the eve of World War II, the power of atomic fission was revealed, alliances were broken, friendships sundered, and science co-opted by world events. Preston interviewed the surviving scientists, and she offers new insight into the fateful wartime meeting between Heisenberg and Bohr, along with a fascinating conclusion examining what might have happened had any number of events occurred differently. She also provides a rare portrait of Hiroshima before the blast. As Hiroshima's 60th anniversary approaches, Before the Fallout compels us to consider the threats and moral dilemmas we face in our still dangerous world.

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    Before the Fallout
    From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Diana Preston
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 767 g
    ISBN 13: 9780802714459
    ISBN 10: 0802714455

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
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    DC21: 303.483
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    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
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    LC classification: Q175.5 .P74 2005
    Walker & Company
    Imprint name
    Walker & Company
    Publication date
    01 May 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Diana Preston is an acclaimed historian and author of A" First Rate Tragedy, The Boxer Rebellion, "and "A Pirate of Exquisite Mind." She lives in London
    Review quote
    "Diana Preston succeeds in conveying both the human drama of the besieged community of foreigners and their terrified Christian converts and the effect of the rebellion on the larger national drama of 20th-century China...a highly readable history."