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The Cloud Chamber Hardcover – 17 Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (17 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340824212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340824214
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 22.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,687,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clare George has constructed a clever and graceful novel around real events and people, building on the excitement of the search for the atom and conveying the atmosphere of a time when plum pudding was the metaphor of choice for the helium nucleus. A first timer, George delivers an ambitious account of scientific enquiry, a spy story and an exploration of the morality of mass destruction. (Stephen Blanchard, Time Out)

Compelling and masterful . . . at once a spy story, an exploration of the moral complexity of the Bomb and an engaging reconstruction of an historic era (Richard Rhodes, winner of the Pulitzer Prize)

A smartly executed novel, part spy story, part scientific thriller, part romance (Observer)

Enchantingly recounted (Guardian)

This erudite and technically accomplished novel imparts a great deal about the splitting of the atom in the 1930s and the moral maze that led to the Atomic Bomb (Publishing News)

An unusual and worthwhile novel (Good Book Guide)

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Set in early 1930s Cambridge and London just after the Second World War, this is a must-read novel: a spy story, a love story, and a thrilling evocation of the birth of the atomic bomb.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is well written and the author's extensive knowledge of physics is without question - you can't read it without learning something!
However, I bought it because, having read the cover, I believed it to be a spy story based around WWII, which it is but all the way through I kept feeling something was going to happen that, in the end, never did. So I was slightly disappointed.
The Cloud Chamber is well written with good characters but, for me, never quite realised it's potential.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. JTwiston-Davies on 8 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It's very richly written and multi-layered, and totally unsloppy - every sentence counts in the overall design. In a way it's an old-fashioned novel, in that the themes - nuclear physics, the bomb, the burden of scientific knowledge, the dilemmas of pacifism, are dramatised through its character's lives. The personal is shown to be deeply political. Buy this book because a) it's really about something very important and interesting (also it's the great primer in modern physics for the science duds among us) and b) it is a JOY to read - the breadth of the author's human sympathy is quietly gobsmacking, and the narrative is continually leavened by her lovely sense of humour.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Gravatt on 20 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
P>It is very well written and kept me reading it way past my bedtime most evenings and almost made me miss my stop on the train several times - very absorbing.
Informative, intriguing, gripping, humorous and horrifying in equal measure. Very clever in showing the almost child-like innocence in which the physicists approached the problems of the atom never dreaming it would lead to a hugely destructive weapon!
It is also a human story of Walter and how his friendships and marriage are affected by the war and most of his colleagues working for the government on "the bomb" and his and perceived guilt at not doing enough in the cause of peace
All in all, an excellent debut novel - go and buy it!!
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