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The Resource Before the fallout : from Marie Curie to Hiroshima, Diana Preston

Before the fallout : from Marie Curie to Hiroshima, Diana Preston

Label
Before the fallout : from Marie Curie to Hiroshima
Title
Before the fallout
Title remainder
from Marie Curie to Hiroshima
Statement of responsibility
Diana Preston
Title variation
From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On 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. Describes the history of discoveries that led up to the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
303.48/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
Index
index present
LC call number
  • Q175.5
  • Q175.5
LC item number
  • .P74 2005
  • .P74 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Before the fallout : from Marie Curie to Hiroshima, Diana Preston
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-379) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Brilliant in the darkness -- Rabbit from Antipodes -- Forces of nature -- Make physics boom -- Days of alchemy -- Persecution and purge -- Wonderful findings -- We may sleep fairly comfortably in our beds -- Cold room in Birmingham -- Maud Ray Kent -- Hitler's success could depend on it -- He said "bomb" in no uncertain terms -- We'll wipe the Japs out of the maps -- V.B. ok -- Best coup -- Beautiful and savage country -- Mr. Baker -- Heavy water -- Boon or disaster? -- This thing is going to be very big -- Germany had no atomic bomb -- Profound psychological impression -- Elongated trash can with fins -- It's Hiroshima -- Mother will not die -- New fact in the world's power politics -- Epilogue -- Notes and sources -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
57373653
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 400 pages
Isbn
9780802714459
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004061953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 57373653
  • (OCoLC)57373653
Label
Before the fallout : from Marie Curie to Hiroshima, Diana Preston
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-379) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Brilliant in the darkness -- Rabbit from Antipodes -- Forces of nature -- Make physics boom -- Days of alchemy -- Persecution and purge -- Wonderful findings -- We may sleep fairly comfortably in our beds -- Cold room in Birmingham -- Maud Ray Kent -- Hitler's success could depend on it -- He said "bomb" in no uncertain terms -- We'll wipe the Japs out of the maps -- V.B. ok -- Best coup -- Beautiful and savage country -- Mr. Baker -- Heavy water -- Boon or disaster? -- This thing is going to be very big -- Germany had no atomic bomb -- Profound psychological impression -- Elongated trash can with fins -- It's Hiroshima -- Mother will not die -- New fact in the world's power politics -- Epilogue -- Notes and sources -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
57373653
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 400 pages
Isbn
9780802714459
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004061953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 57373653
  • (OCoLC)57373653

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