Before The Fall-Out
From Marie Curie To Hiroshima
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|Format: ||Hardback, 448 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 04 July 2005|
Is there a point beyond which the scientist cannot go under any circumstances?' Heisenberg s uncertainty about nuclear progress. I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds' Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad Gita after witnessing the successful demonstration of the atom bomb. The bomb which killed an estimated 140,000 (tbc) civilians in Hiroshima and destroyed the countryside for miles around, was one of the defining moments in world history, if not the defining moment of the twentieth century. That mushroom cloud cast a terrifying shadow over the contemporary world and continues to do so today. But how could this have happened? What led to the creation of a weapon of mass destruction on an unprecedented other-worldly scale? rom the moment scientists contemplated the destructive potential of splitting the atom the role of science changed. Ethical and moral dilemmas faced all of those who realised the implications of their research and those who decided to use and advance it. BEFORE THE FALL-OUT charts the chain of events from Marie Curie s scientific breakthrough through the many colourful characters such as Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, and Lord Rutherford whose discover
About the Author
Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of THE ROAD TO CULLODEN MOOR; A FIRST RATE TRAGEDY- ROBERT FALCON SCOTT AND THE RACE TO THE SOUTH POLE; THE BOXER REBELLION and WILFUL MURDER- THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA.
"The great, enthralling story of the race to build the bomb is often as complicated and full of twists as nuclear physics itself. . . ." -Joseph Kanon, author of Los Alamos"Preston's revelatory history is rich in telling moments, powerful personalities, intense confrontations, and indelible images of the devastation delivered by nuclear weapons."-Booklist"What Preston does better than any other writer is to capture the human aspects of the frankly exciting race to create a nuclear weapon . . ."-Chicago Sun-Times"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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