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Uranium Wars

The Scientific Rivalry That Created The Nuclear Age

By Amir D Aczel

Called "one of our best science popularizers" by Publishers Weekly, Amir Aczel now tackles the cause of one of last century's most destructive events -- the scientific discovery of nuclear power. Drawing on his rich storytelling skills, Aczel presents the fascinating and suspenseful story of the scientists who first uncovered the potential of uranium. Uranium Wars takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of 1920s Europe where the scientific elite of the day were embroiled in a fierce rivalry to achieve nuclear fission. Leading us to an understanding of both the processes that take place inside a uranium nucleus and its destructive power are the brilliant men and women at the heart of the race -- mammoth figures such as Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Lise Meitner. Enmeshed in the story of scientific intrigue is the complex and ongoing story of uranium itself, which Aczel presents as a dynamic, dual natured force, capable of providing both abundant usable energy and generating unfathomable destructive power. From the nuclear programs in the Middle East to plans for nuclear reactors at home, the element uranium is never far from today's headlines.

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2009

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9780230613744


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.
Isbn: 9780230613744 0230613748
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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