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First War of Physics

The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949

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The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949 by Environmental Officer Lubricants Marketing Jim Baggott (Freelance science writer Shell International Freelance science writer Freelance science writer
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Rich in personality, action, confrontation, and deception, The First War of Physics is the first fully realized popular account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. The book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's Farm Hall transcripts, coded soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the soviet archives. Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of 'Joe-1, August 1949's first Soviet atomic bomb test. Why did physicists persist in developing the atomic bomb, despite the devastation that it could bring? Why, despite having a clear head start, did Hitler's physicists fail? Could the soviets have developed the bomb without spies like Klaus Fuchs or Donald Maclean? Did the allies really plot to assassinate a key member of the German bomb program? Did the physicists knowingly inspire the arms race? The First War of Physics is a grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius: a tale barely believable as fiction, which just happens to be historical fact.
Release date Australia
April 13th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
Pegasus Books
Pages
576
Dimensions
168x226x46
ISBN-13
9781605980843
Product ID
4035292

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