The Making of the Atomic Bomb

The Making of the Atomic Bomb


By (author) Richard Rhodes

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 838 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 46mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 12 June 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1451677618
  • ISBN 13: 9781451677614
  • Edition: 25
  • Edition statement: 25th
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps
  • Sales rank: 24,680

Product description

"Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award" TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after its initial publication, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb "remains the seminal and complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly--or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the bomb, with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers--Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumann--stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight. Richard Rhodes gives the definitive story of man's most awesome discovery and invention. Told in rich human, political, and scientific detail, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb "is a narrative tour de force and a document with literary power commensurate with its subject.

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Author information

Richard Rhodes is the author of numerous books and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He graduated from Yale University and has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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.".. what I read already impressed me with the author's knowledge of much of the history of the science which led to the development of nuclear energy and nuclear bombs and of the personalities which contributed in the U.S. to the development of these. I was particularly impressed by his realization of the importance of Leo Szilard's contributions which are almost always underestimated but which he fully realizes and perhaps even overestimates. I hope the book will find a wide readership."-Eugene P. Wigner, Nobel Laureate for Physics, 1963