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The Los Alamos Primer

Author : Robert Serber
ISBN : 9780520344174
Genre : Science
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More than seventy years ago, the world changed forever when American forces exploded the first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, starting a massive firestorm that would kill some 80,000 enemy civilians. Three days later, the US exploded a second bomb over Nagasaki, killing another 40,000. Though the bombs did not end the war, they contributed urgently to the Japanese decision to surrender and demonstrated to the world the vast destructive power of a revolutionary new weapon. "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" originated in March 1943 when a group of young scientists, sequestered on a mesa near Santa Fe, attended a crash course in the new weapons technology. The lecturer was physicist Robert Serber, J. Robert Oppenheimer's protégé, and they learned that their job was to design and build the world's first atomic bombs. Notes on Serber's lecture, nicknamed the "Los Alamos Primer," were mimeographed and passed from hand to hand. They remained classified for decades after the war. Published for the first time in 1992, the Primer offers contemporary readers a better understanding of the origins of nuclear weapons. Serber's preface, an informal memoir, vividly conveys the mingled excitement, uncertainty, and intensity felt by the Manhattan Project scientists. Now, 75 years since the bombs shocked the world, an updated foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes offers a brief history of the development of nuclear physics up to the day when Serber stood before his blackboard at Los Alamos. A seminal publication on a turning point in human history, The Los Alamos Primer reveals just how much was known and how terrifyingly much was unknown midway through the Manhattan Project. No other seminar anywhere has had greater historical consequences.

Particle Physics A Los Alamos Primer

Author : Necia Grant Cooper
ISBN : OCLC:1150975935
Genre : Particles (Nuclear physics)
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Particle Physics

Author : Necia Grant Cooper
ISBN : 0521347807
Genre : Science
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This book explains the emergence of a profoundly new understanding of the fundamental forces of Nature.

The Nuclear Muse

Author : John Canaday
ISBN : 0299168549
Genre : Literary Criticism
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John Canaday analyzes a variety of texts produced by physicists before, during, and after the Second World War, including Niels Bohr's "The Quantum Postulate"; the Blegdamsvej Faust, a parody of Goethe's Faust that cast physicists as its principle characters; The Los Alamos Primer, the technical lectures used for training at Los Alamos; scientists' descriptions of their work and of the Trinity test; and Leo Szilard's post-war novella, The Voice of the Dolphins.

Inventing Los Alamos

Author : Jon Hunner
ISBN : 9780806181233
Genre : History
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A social history of New Mexico’s “Atomic City” Los Alamos, New Mexico, birthplace of the Atomic Age, is the community that revolutionized modern weaponry and science. An “instant city,” created in 1943, Los Alamos quickly grew to accommodate six thousand people—scientists and experts who came to work in the top-secret laboratories, others drawn by jobs in support industries, and the families. How these people, as a community, faced both the fevered rush to create an atomic bomb and the intensity of the subsequent cold-war era is the focus of Jon Hunner’s fascinating narrative history. Much has been written about scientific developments at Los Alamos, but until this book little has been said about the community that fostered them. Using government records and the personal accounts of early residents, Inventing Los Alamos, traces the evolution of the town during its first fifteen years as home to a national laboratory and documents the town’s creation, the lives of the families who lived there, and the impact of this small community on the Atomic Age.

Critical Assembly

Author : Lillian Hoddeson
ISBN : 0521541174
Genre : History
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This 1993 book explores how the 'critical assembly' of scientists at Los Alamos created the first atomic bombs.

The Road From Los Alamos

Author : Hans A. Bethe
ISBN : 0883187078
Genre : Science
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As the head of the theory group at Los Alamos, Hans A. Bethe played a

Manhattan Project Los Alamos National Laboratory Fat Man Little Boy Enola Gay Hanford Site Oak Ridge National Laboratory Trinity

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 124. Chapters: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fat Man, Little Boy, Enola Gay, Hanford Site, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Trinity, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 509th Composite Group, RaLa Experiment, Ames Laboratory, Calutron, Bockscar, Timeline of the Manhattan Project, Silverplate, Ed Westcott, Interim Committee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, Fat Man and Little Boy, MAUD Committee, M. S. Factory, Valley, Thin Man, S-1 Uranium Committee, B Reactor, Chicago Pile-1, Clinton Engineer Works, Y-12 National Security Complex, Jesse Beams, X-10 Graphite Reactor, Shinkolobwe, Project Alberta, Smyth Report, United Church, The Chapel on the Hill, McDonald Ranch House, Operation Epsilon, Pumpkin bomb, Operation Alsos, Trinitite, Metallurgical Laboratory, Quebec Agreement, Tower 270, Szil rd petition, The Day After Trinity, Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues, Montreal Laboratory, Site A/Plot M Disposal Site, Einstein-Szil rd letter, Dayton Project, Environmental Measurements Laboratory, Los Alamos Ranch School, S-50, Franck Report, Los Alamos Primer, Sahtu, Uravan, Colorado, Office of Scientific Research and Development, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Deadline, Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, North Atlantic Division, Red Gate Woods, Oppenheimer, Brighter than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists, Race for the Bomb, Happy Valley, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Special Engineering Detachment. Excerpt: The Manhattan Project was a research and development program, led by the United States with participation from the United Kingdom and Canada, that produced the first atomic bomb during World War II. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Army component of the project was designated the Manhattan District...

Bomb Scare

Author : Joseph Cirincione
ISBN : 9780231509404
Genre : Political Science
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Since their inception, nuclear weapons have multiplied at an alarming rate, leaving everyone from policymakers to concerned citizens wondering what it will take to slow, stop, or even reverse their spread. With clarity and expertise, Joseph Cirincione presents an even-handed look at the history of nuclear proliferation and an optimistic vision of its future, providing a comprehensive survey of the wide range of critical perspectives. Cirincione begins with the first atomic discoveries of the 1930s and covers the history of their growth all the way to current crisis with Iran. He unravels the science, strategy, and politics that have fueled the development of nuclear stockpiles and increased the chance of a nuclear terrorist attack. He also explains why many nations choose not to pursue nuclear weapons and pulls from this the outlines of a solution to the world's proliferation problem: a balance of force and diplomacy, enforcement and engagement that yields a steady decrease in these deadly arsenals. Though nuclear weapons have not been used in war since August 1945, there is no guarantee this good fortune will continue. A unique blend of history, theory, and security analysis, Bomb Scare is an engaging text that not only supplies the general reader and student with a clear understanding of this issue but also provides a set of tools policymakers and scholars can use to prevent the cataclysmic consequences of another nuclear attack.

109 East Palace

Author : Jennet Conant
ISBN : 9781416585428
Genre : History
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From the bestselling author of Tuxedo Park, the fascinating story of the 3,000 people who lived together in near confinement for more than two intense and conflicted years under J. Robert Oppenheimer and the world's best scientists to produce the Atomic Bomb and win World War II. They were told as little as possible. Their orders were to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and report for work at a classified Manhattan Project site, a location so covert it was known to them only by the mysterious address: 109 East Palace. There, behind a wrought-iron gate and narrow passageway just off the touristy old plaza, they were greeted by Dorothy McKibbin, an attractive widow who was the least likely person imaginable to run a front for a clandestine defense laboratory. They stepped across her threshold into a parallel universe--the desert hideaway where Robert Oppenheimer and a team of world-famous scientists raced to build the first atomic bomb before Germany and bring World War II to an end. Brilliant, handsome, extraordinarily charismatic, Oppenheimer based his unprecedented scientific enterprise in the high reaches of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, hoping that the land of enchantment would conceal and inspire their bold mission. Oppenheimer was as arrogant as he was inexperienced, and few believed the thirty-eight-year-old theoretical physicist would succeed. Jennet Conant captures all the exhilaration and drama of those perilous twenty-seven months at Los Alamos, a secret city cut off from the rest of society, ringed by barbed wire, where Oppenheimer and his young recruits lived as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government. With her dry humor and eye for detail, Conant chronicles the chaotic beginnings of Oppenheimer's by-the-seat-of-his-pants operation, where freshly minted secretaries and worldly scientists had to contend with living conditions straight out of pioneer days. Despite all the obstacles, Oppie managed to forge a vibrant community at Los Alamos through the sheer force of his personality. Dorothy, who fell for him at first sight, devoted herself to taking care of him and his crew and supported him through the terrifying preparations for the test explosion at Trinity and the harrowing aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Less than a decade later, Oppenheimer became the focus of suspicion during the McCarthy witch hunts. When he and James B. Conant, one of the top administrators of the Manhattan Project (and the author's grandfather), led the campaign against the hydrogen bomb, Oppenheimer's past left-wing sympathies were used against him, and he was found to be a security risk and stripped of his clearance. Though Dorothy tried to help clear his name, she saw the man she loved disgraced. In this riveting and deeply moving account, drawing on a wealth of research and interviews with close family and colleagues, Jennet Conant reveals an exceptionally gifted and enigmatic man who served his country at tremendous personal cost and whose singular achievement, and subsequent undoing, is at the root of our present nuclear predicament.

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