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