The Manhattan Project: Making the Atomic Bomb
A history of the origins and development of the American atomic bomb program during WWII. Begins with the scientific developments of the pre-war years. Details the role of the U.S. government in conducting a secret, nationwide enterprise that took science from the laboratory and into combat with an entirely new type of weapon. Concludes with a discussion of the immediate postwar period, the debate over the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, and the founding of the Atomic Energy Commission. Chapters: the Einstein letter; physics background, 1919-1939; early government support; the atomic bomb and American strategy; and the Manhattan district in peacetime. Illustrated.
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Page 50 - Operated on this morning. Diagnosis not yet complete but results seem satisfactory and already exceed expectations. Local press release necessary as interest extends great distance. Dr. Groves pleased. He returns tomorrow. I will keep you...
Page 50 - Doctor has just returned most enthusiastic and confident that the little boy is as husky as his big brother. The light in his eyes discernible from here to Highhold and I could hear his screams from here to my farm" (Los Alamos Historical Society, 1997, p.
Page 10 - Problem of the Second Front. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 brought the United States actively into the war.
Page 37 - There was just nobody else in that laboratory who came even close to him. In his knowledge. There was human warmth as well. Everybody certainly had the impression that Oppenheimer cared what each particular person was doing. In talking to someone he made it clear that that person's work was important for the success of the whole project.
Page 11 - it would be thousands of times more powerful than existing explosives, and its use might be determining." Roosevelt assumed nothing less. Even before the atomic-energy project was fully organized he assigned it the highest priority. He wanted the program "pushed not only in regard to development, but also with due regard to time. This is very much of the essence,
Page 59 - Vincent C. Jones, Manhattan: The Army and the Atomic Bomb (Washington, DC: Center...
Page 66 - War, and the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development...
Page 10 - Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, and Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall.
Page 45 - Under Secretary of the Navy Ralph A. Bard, Assistant Secretary of State William L. Clayton, and a special representative of the President.
Page 51 - ... Fat Man (the plutonium implosion bomb dropped on Nagasaki) each deposited the power of over 12,500 tons of TNT and left a residue of radiation for years to follow. The Hiroshima mushroom, small when compared to subsequent hydrogen blasts, looms large in the litany of terror because it was the first. "The city was hidden by that awful cloud, boiling up, mushrooming, terrible and incredibly tall,