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Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima (edició 2006)

de Diana Preston (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
Autors:Diana Preston (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2006), 400 pages
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An excellent, enjoyable, and very readable history of nuclear and atomic science from its early days of radium and the Curies to the use of the atomic bomb on Japan in WWII. Preston goes easy on the science, but the book is not dumbed down at all. Instead, she focuses on historical and human implications of this research. Excellent book. ( )
  tdfangirl | Mar 26, 2010 |
Great read for anyone who may find chemistry and physics history a bit boring. The writing is easily understandable, and yes, there is a lot about the scientists' backgrounds and how they knew each other, even juicy gossip (oh my). ( )
  kimgroome | Apr 28, 2008 |
Very readable sweeping history of the science of atomic energy up until the end of the second world war. ( )
  felius | Oct 9, 2007 |
A fascinating history following nuclear development from the discovery of radium to the explosion of the hydrogen bomb. A detailed look at the scientists and the science that led to The Bomb, and a must-read for anyone interested in science or the history of this period. ( )
  Meggo | Oct 8, 2007 |
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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.

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