The Nuclear Muse: Literature, Physics, and the First Atomic Bombs

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 310 pages
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.
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Contents

Metaphor
31
Niels Bohrs
55
The Uses of Fiction
109
Decoding Life
139
The Exploration
161
The Moral Texture
183
Writing
205
The Voice of the Dolphins
227
Notes
253
Bibliography
285
Index
301
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John Canaday is a prize-winning poet and playwright who has been a Watson Fellow and the Starbuck Fellow in Poetry at Boston University. He tutors students in literature, writing, history, mathematics, and physics.

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