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Uranium Wars

The Scientific Rivalry That Created The Nuclear Age

By Amir D Aczel

Uranium, a nondescript element when found in nature, in the past century has become more sought after than gold. Its nucleus is so heavy that it is highly unstable and radioactive. If broken apart, it unleashes the tremendous power within the atom—the most controversial type of energy ever discovered.

Set against the darkening shadow of World War II, Amir D. Aczel's suspenseful account tells the story of the fierce competition among the day's top scientists to harness nuclear power. The intensely driven Marie Curie identified radioactivity. The University of Berlin team of Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner--he an upright, politically conservative German chemist and she a soft-spoken Austrian Jewish theoretical physicist--achieved the most spectacular discoveries in fission. Curie's daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie, raced against Meitner and Hahn to break the secret of the splitting of the atom. As the war raged, Niels Bohr, a founder of modern physics, had a dramatic meeting with Werner Heisenberg, the German physicist in charge of the Nazi project to beat the Allies to the bomb. And finally, in 1942, Enrico Fermi, a prodigy from Rome who had fled the war to the United States, unleashed the first nuclear chain reaction in a racquetball court at the University of Chicago.

At a time when the world is again confronted with the perils of nuclear armament, Amir D. Aczel’s absorbing story of a rivalry that changed the course of history is as thrilling and suspenseful as it is scientifically revelatory and newsworthy.

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2009

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Format: Book
Author: Aczel, Amir D
Title: Uranium wars : the scientific rivalry that created the nuclear age / Amir D. Aczel.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Subject: Nuclear weapons -- Research -- History -- 20th century. Nuclear physics -- Research -- History -- 20th century. Nuclear energy -- Research -- History -- 20th century. Science and state -- History -- 20th century. Uranium as fuel -- History -- 20th century.
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Format: Book
Author: Aczel, Amir D.
Title: Uranium wars : the scientific rivalry that created the nuclear age / Amir D. Aczel.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Description: 248 p., [8] p. of plates : ill ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Nuclear weapons -- Research -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Nuclear physics -- Research -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Nuclear energy -- Research -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Science and state -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Uranium as fuel -- History -- 20th century.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-239) and index.
Contents: Physics and uranium -- On the trail of the nucleus -- Lisa Meitner -- The Meitner-Hahn discovery -- Enrico Fermi -- The Rome experiments -- The events of 1938 -- Christmas 1938 -- The Heisenberg menace -- Chain reaction -- The Nazi nuclear machine -- Copenhagen -- The moment of truth -- Building the bomb -- The decision to use the bomb -- Evidence from a spying operation -- The Cold War -- Uranium's future.
LCCN: 2009007276
ISBN: 9780230613744
ISBN: 0230613748
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Call Number: 621.48 Acz