The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom by Jim Baggott

By Jim Baggott

An epic tale of technological know-how and expertise on the very limits of human knowing: the enormous race to construct the 1st atomic weapons.

Rich in character, motion, war of words, and deception, The First battle of Physics is the 1st totally discovered renowned account of the race to construct humankind's such a lot harmful weapon. The booklet attracts on declassified fabric, comparable to MI6's Farm corridor transcripts, coded soviet messages cracked via American cryptographers within the Venona undertaking, and interpretations via Russian students of files from the soviet archives.

Jim Baggott weaves those threads right into a dramatic narrative that spans ten old years, from the invention of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of 'Joe-1,’ August 1949's first Soviet atomic bomb try. Why did physicists persist in constructing the atomic bomb, regardless of the devastation that it will probably deliver? Why, regardless of having a transparent head begin, did Hitler's physicists fail? may the soviets have constructed the bomb with out spies like Klaus Fuchs or Donald Maclean? Did the allies particularly plot to assassinate a key member of the German bomb application? Did the physicists knowingly motivate the palms race? The First warfare of Physics is a grand and scary tale of medical ambition, intrigue, and genius: a story slightly plausible as fiction, which simply occurs to be historic truth. 32 black-and-white illustrations

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