The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb

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Paperback: 584 pages
Publisher: Pegasus Books; Reprint edition (August 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605981974
ISBN-13: 978-1605981970
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches

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The creation of the first atom bomb marked a beginning of a new order in the world worn out after the second world war. The First War of Physics tells the story of the atom bomb, focusing on years 1939-1949. The subject of the development of the atom bomb has been covered thoroughly in literature, which is obvious from the sheer number of books dedicated to the Manhattan Project. The other side of the story, namely the Soviet nuclear program, however, is still unknown to most people. Hence in The First War of Physics Jim Baggott reveals the story of the great Soviet nuclear program using the information from the American, British and Soviet archives.

The First War of Physics sheds light on the stories of the great physicists, who played a role in the creation of the deadliest weapon in history. The double-sided lives of the scientists, who tackled the mysteries of the atom, and often also played important, yet often overlooked, roles in the history of the world’s most powerful countries are covered with love for detail and historical accuracy. The First War of Physics, follows the lives of Robert Oppenheimer, Otto Frisch, Werner Heisenberg, Edward Teller and others.

About the Author:

Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer, who was once a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Reading. His written books include: Beyond Measure: Modern Physics, Philosophy and the Meaning of Quantum Theory (OUP, 2003), A Beginner’s Guide to Reality (Penguin, 2005), Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments (OUP, 2010) and others.

 

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