German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power, 1939-49

German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power, 1939-49

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This a paperback edition of Professor Walker's full-scale examination of the German efforts to harness the economic, military and political power of nuclear fission between 1939 and 1949. The book explains clearly, in terms that the non-specialist can understand, what was involved in the Germans' quest, and in what ways the German scientists succeeded or failed in the development of 'the bomb'.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139240250
  • 9781139240253

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Lightning War: Nuclear fission; The German nuclear power project; Moderators, isotope separation, and uranium machines; Nuclear power and lightning war; Part II. The War Slows Down: The end of the lightning war; Nuclear power conferences; National Socialism and German physics; Progress and infighting; Part III. The War Comes Home: Wonder weapons; Uranium machines in Berlin-gottow; Greater Germany and cultural imperialism; Death from above and betrayal from within; Part IV. The War is Lost: Evacuation and self-preservation; The heavy water dries up; Harteck's circle, centrifuges, and special experiments; Uranium machines and rock cellars; Part V. The German Achievement in the American Shadow: The Alsos MIssion; Farm Hall; The Smyth Report; Part VI. The Legacy of German National Socialism: The occupation of Germany; Nazification and denazification; The Goudsmit/Heisenberg controversy; Part VII. The Myth of the German Atomic Bomb: Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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'Walker's study, a lucid and dispassionate account of a painful chapter in the history of science, deserves a wide readership.' The Guardian '... an excellent book: intensely researched, well written, and balanced in its judgments.' The American Historical Review '... an outstanding book which fills a gap in our knowledge of the Nazi war effort ... superbly researched, convincingly argued and attacking the questions that matter.' The Financial Times 'This view of Walker's seems more accurate and is vitally important because subsequently, prominent German physicists, particularly Heisenberg, were to claim that, not only were they 'only doing their duty' but that they actually slowed down the Nazi bomb.' Michael Hindley, Morning Star
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