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Here for the first time, in rich, human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly...

Here for the first time, in rich, human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan.

Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly -- or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers -- Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and yon Neumann -- stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.

Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step by step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man's most awesome discovery and invention.

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Number of Pages: 886

ISBN: 0684813785

ISBN-13: 9780684813783


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Another book I had always meant to read but hadn’t 🙂 It really is as good as advertised. For me, the best book I read this year both in terms of learning and enjoyment. Truly epic story, showing humanity at both its best and worst.

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The Making of the Atomic by Richard Rhodes is the best science book I've ever read, the best history book I've ever read, and also one of the most readable, fly-through-at-a-breakneck-pace doorstops ever. And it's PACKED with tons of "hey, didya know...?" facts, we love 'em.