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Download Before The Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima ePub
  • ISBN 0802714455
  • ISBN13 978-0802714459
  • Language English
  • Author Diana Preston
  • Publisher Walker Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Pages 416
  • Formats doc txt rtf lit
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Military
  • Size ePub 1213 kb
  • Size Fb2 1788 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 305

The Human Chain Reaction That Led To The Atom Bomb

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.


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Diana Preston BEFORE THE FALLOUT from MARIE CURIE to HIROSHIMA To Michael, my husband and writing partner Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as infction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there. Читать онлайн Before the Fallout. from MARIE CURIE to HIROSHIMA. To Michael, my husband.

ALSO BY DIANA PRESTON The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion. A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole. The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900. Before later joining the Resistance and helping liberate Paris, Marie Curie's son-in-law, Frederic JoliotCurie, had to decide how far he could acquiesce in German use of his nuclear institute in Paris at a time when the prospects of Allied victory seemed remote. The majority of Allied scientists involved would maintain that Oppenheimer's apologia was unwarranted.

BEFORE THE FALLOUT: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima. Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer and broadcaster who lives in London

BEFORE THE FALLOUT: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion; A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole; Besieged in Peking: The Story of the 1900 Boxer Rising; Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania and A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier (written with her husband, Michael Preston).

Before the Fallout book. She also provides a rare portrait of Hiroshima before the blast. The Human Chain Reaction That Led To The Atom BombOn December. 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.

Before the Fallout: From. has been added to your Cart. My God, What have we done?" With those words, the crew of the "Enola Gay" summed up their feelings after dropping the A-Bomb that obliterated Hiroshima

Before the Fallout: From. My God, What have we done?" With those words, the crew of the "Enola Gay" summed up their feelings after dropping the A-Bomb that obliterated Hiroshima. The history of the Atomic (and later, Hydrogen) bomb permeates the history of the past century: from 1895, when Roentgen discovered the X-Ray, through the pioneering experiments of Einstein, Edward Teller, J. Robert Oppenheimer; Leo Szilard (the often-overlooked main ingredient in the Manhattan Project) through efforts to control nuclear proliferation and the Cold War.

On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity .

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.

In tracing the scientific progress that took us from Marie Curie, who paved the way for nuclear physics in the 1900s, to the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, Diana Preston has produced what amounts to an alternative history of the first part of the 20th century

In tracing the scientific progress that took us from Marie Curie, who paved the way for nuclear physics in the 1900s, to the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, Diana Preston has produced what amounts to an alternative history of the first part of the 20th century.

from MARIE CURIE to HIROSHIMA

from MARIE CURIE to HIROSHIMA.

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Falya
This reinforced earlier studies I've read.
Walianirv
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a more personal than usual history of the physics of the A-bomb, its construction, its delivery, and the politics of the entire process. In a number of places the author dispels some gossip concerning various discoveries and events that I have never found credible. This book presents a very readable, largely non-technical (but still insightful), history of the people, events, and places leading to the 1945 destruction of Hiroshima.
GEL
Per a 16 year old that chose it off a high school AP class book list, this is slow reading, but really interesting.
Marinara
Yes, the advances in physics were tremendous. Stop for a moment - this book gives you the humanistic view of that ensuing the discoveries. Think of the advances of human thought developing the science. Marvelous!
The dedication is phenomenal.
This is a great historical presentation of a period of magical thought.
Mavegar
great and thoroughly reserarched book!
Frdi
This is a fascinating history of nuclear physics leading up to the development of the atomic bomb. Unfortunately the electronic version contains numerous typographical and formatting errors. Sadly this detracts from the readability of the downloaded version of this book.
BlackHaze
This item adequately does the job that I bought it for. Would definitely buy this item again if I ever needed to.
I stumbled upon this book one day when walking through the library to pick up a book I turned down the wrong aisle and the title caught my eye. I read the prologue and was intrigued enough to check it out. I am glad I did.

I enjoy reading biographies, books on science, history, WWII, and many other subjects but this book hit those four mentioned at the same time. The book was crafted in such a way to keep the pace flowing and at times seem pressing as if I didn’t know what would happen by the end of the book even though we all know how things ended at Hiroshima. For the scientists involved Preston almost presents mini-biographies for them as she explains their scientific work and its contribution to the progression of nuclear weapons. She also succeeds at putting a human face on many of the scientists in this book. She presents the material and scientists in such a light that you can almost feel the weight of their decisions when trying to decide whether to build a bomb or not.

She presents many stories and moral dilemmas through the book that will make you question your own thoughts on how the use of the atomic bombs were handled. She also presents the “what-if” scenarios that show how close the history of the atom bomb came to being completely different on many different occasions.

After reading this book I’m still not sure how I feel about the dropping of the atom bombs but I do know that I now know much more than before.