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Weighty tome about harmless overblown fireworks
, 7 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Paperback)
This glorified pamphlet about the progression from the first sparks of radiation to the explosive nature of the Fat Boy and Little Man bombs is a treat. A heavy book with a long story to tell from a makeshift lab in Manchester to the rubble strewn streets of Nagasaki.
The book does get lofty at times and threatens to distance itself from the general reader what with the explanations for the mathematical calculations devised and techniques to counter the radiation caused by experiments by the particular scientists and is peppered with anecdotal asides from people of the time and witnesses to some of the mistakes made. The chapter on gaseous thermal diffusion in particular does go on for about 3 pages too long for my liking, getting bogged down with trying to explain complex method in simple terms which are not required for me.
A great read to fill in the gaps of the history of the atomic bomb, the one method to provide world peace that religion and economics have so far failed to achieve. I give this book one star because I play guess the next word when I get to the right hand page last word over a split sentence and more often than not I guessed the next word right on the following page making this book very predictable, unlike 'The Wasp Factory'.
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