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The Birth of the Bomb - Ronald W. Clark

Phoenix House, 1961, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Poor. Boards worn and frayed at head, tail and corners. Top edges of text block dusty. Text is bright and clean. A good reference or reading copy.

Green cloth in the Boots Library style with gilt titling to spine. FEW PEOPLE had guessed before 1938 that in less than a decade nuclear energy would be a major factor in intemational politics, certainly not Rutherford, to whom more than to any single man are due the basic discoveries which brought it about. Science is intemational and this is shown by the sequence of the names, Chadwick the discoverer of neutrons, Fermi who found that they produced odd efFects in uranium which, however, he misinterpreted, Hahn who showed him wrong, but did not take the final step in proclaiming nuclear fission, which was left to his Austrian co-worker Lise Meitner and her nephew Frisch (then refugees from Hitler), Joliot and the groups of Americans who discovered almost simultaneously an efifect which made a chain-reaction probable, represent six nations. 209pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") Introduction / preface by Sir George Thomson.

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