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Å The Making of the Atomic Bomb ê Download by ↠´ Richard Rhodes It was with some trepidation that I started to read this book It is such a lengthy book, and I didn t anticipate enjoying it very much I thought that it would be emphasize mundane details about the Manhattan Project But, I was happily surprised by the scope of the book The Manhattan Project actually takes up less than a third of its pages.
The first third of the book is about the discovery of modern physics, and the lives of scientists who played a major part in the discovery The book examines the peeling back of the onion of modern physics, much in the way of a detective story Modern physics involves the structure of the atom, quantum mechanics, and relativity Both the physics and the personal lives of the revolutionary scientists are described, in great detail Richard Rhodes has a talent for weaving together the threads of a complex st If you want to impress women, read French poetry.
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If you want to impress a geeky engineer, read The Making of the Atomic Bomb I can t imagine acomplete and authoritative work about one of mankind s most important inventions When people speak of great human accomplishments in the 20th century, they invariably reference von Braun and the race to the moon This book shows that the development of the atomic bomb was, while morally questionable, arguably just as amazing in its engineering and scientific prowess.
Rhodes does not ignore any aspect of the process This book is a scientific history, a political history, a biography, and The Austrian physicist Eugene Wigner emigrated to the United States and eventually found a teaching job at the University of Wisconsin Madison He met a young woman, Amelia Frank, and the two were soon married Then she got ill As told to Richard Rhodes, author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Wigner recalled I tried to conceal it from her that she had cancer and that there was no hope for her surviving She was in a hospital in Madison and then she went to see her parents and I went with her but I didn t want to stay with her parents, of course, because I was, after all, a stranger to her parents I went for a little while away to Michiganand then I came back and saw her in her bed at her parents And she told me essentially that she knows that she is clos Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worldsOppenheimer s translation from Bhagavad Gita in Richard Rhodes, Making of the Atomic BombNow we are all sons of bitchesRichard Bainbridge, quoted in Richard Rhodes, Making of the Atomic BombI use the world masterpiece with a certain reservation It is overused Abused even It is a word that can easily lose its power if diffused into too many works by too many authors However, I can say unabashedly that this book, this history, is a masterpiece of narrative history It is powerful, inspirational, sad, detailed, thrilling, chilling It has hundreds of characters Some like the early physicists almost seem like lucky gods born at the right time How can you not love Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Ernest Rutherford, Marie Curie These giants seemed to fall into the right spot in
This book is heavy, laden with intricate detail and the minutiae that had to coalesce to create, and detonate the first atomic bombs.
It took me 3 months to read this weighty tome, the last chapter was especially nauseating It s difficult to give a book like this on the mass murder of thousands of civilians a five star rating, but Rhodes did an impeccable job tying together all the threads that wove this dark tapestry in world history From the men who discovered, and decided to build the atomic bomb once set in motion the end was almost inescapable Could the Allies have won WWII without it Were the justifications sound All we have is conjecture and opinion, the deed was done This book lays out the entire surrounding history in a dry, matter of fact way devoid of judgement Rhodes is an exceptional historian and the details are important les For thousands of years man s capacity to destroy was limited to spears, arrows and fire 120 years ago we learned to release chemical energy e.
g TNT , and 70 years ago we learned to be 100 million timesefficient by harnessing the nuclear strong force energy with atomic weapons, first through fission and then fusion We ve also miniaturized these brilliant inventions and learned to mount them on ICBMs traveling at Mach 20 Unfortunately, we live in a universe where the laws of physics feature a strong asymmetry in how difficult it is to create and to destroy This observation is also not reserved to nuclear weaponsgenerally, technology monotonically increases the possible destructive damage per person per dollar This is my favorite resolution to the Fermi paradox.
But I digress Rhod Here For The First Time, In Rich, Human, Political, And Scientific Detail, Is The 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 JapanFew 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 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 Yon Neumann Stepped From Their Ivory Towers Into The LimelightRichard Rhodes Takes Us On That Journey Step By Step, Minute By Minute, And Gives Us The Definitive Story Of Man S Most Awesome Discovery And Invention Making of the Atomic Bomb, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1988, was a well researched and comprehensive history exploring The Making of the Atomic Bomb, beginning with World War I, the genesis of the Manhattan Project and continuing through the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing an end to World War II Rhodes divides the book into three parts the first section exploring the history of nuclear physics from the discovery of radioactivity at the end of the nineteenth century It also explores the background of the scientists, including Bohr, Fermi, Teller, Oppenheimer, Lawrence, and Szilard, who would later come to be an integral part of the Manhattan Project The second section concentrated on the actual making of the atomic bomb as well as the scope of the Manhattan Project featuring Oppenheimer s unique talent directing the lab at Los Alamos Th Incredibly thorough This book features everything, the science, history of every single discovery and person related to nuclear physics, the politics, the Manhattan project, the dropping of the bomb, testimonies of the people it was dropped on I compliment the author for adding this in, it makes sure to make the point that this is not just a bigger bomb , and polices after the A bomb was dropped to the first test of the H bomb I have to say this book tested my capacity for retaining so much information, but I somehow succeeded and learned a great deal, but I admit I will have to reread the part about discovery and creation of plutonium I see what the book Crystal Fire was inspired by, and the same warning I gave in that review still applies evenso in this b Science history at this level of breadth and depth doesthan just add to the details it changes your fundamental understanding of science and history Most science history tends to give the impression that science advances with giant leaps of inspiration by rare geniuses, but this book shows that science is a cumulative accretion of countless incremental insights This book illustrates other profundities of science history, for example, that the role of the experimentalists, like Rutherford and Fermi, are often as crucial as that of the theorist Another that the familiar hypothetico deductive method isn t exactly how science works in real life often, experiments are done on a hunch, without a hypothesis to falsify, and often hunches persist long after they ve been falsified These points are only appreciated by delving in