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1.0 out of 5 stars 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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Initial post: 8 Nov 2009 15:09:57 GMT
I enjoyed the wasp factory even with the lack of pictures but i am disappointed that this is not a step by step diy guide, in this day and age we should have the right to arm ourselfs with atomic bombs as personal protecion from all those terrorists that live among us (according to the news). anyone with a beard is a prime suspect. When is MFI5 going to arrest Noel Edmonds?
I think there are remedies at your local chemist for gaseous thermal diffusion problems.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2009 16:40:56 GMT
Sera69 says:
Comments posted by the user Ash77 have been... Oh, he must have missed this one. Funny how he's seen and read everything you've review so feels himself qualified to comment.

Silly little boy...

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Posted on 9 Nov 2009 13:57:26 GMT
i missed the comments, damn you big brother

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2009 14:49:41 GMT
John says:
I only have 2 reviews left. Thirteen have been removed since this morning. They have gone. I can only assume it is my association with Ramsey - and my fun with the cosmic ordering crowd - which has led to this!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2009 11:17:31 GMT
Norcs says:
The've also taken down two of my Beatless reviews and a third of the posts from another. It doesn't even make sense now.

At least we're keeping the gimps at Amazon busy in these difficult times.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2009 12:57:08 GMT
John says:
It seems so random - and often against very innocent things! What made Ash77 so upset - if it was them who did the deed?

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Norcs says:
Dunno, but it seems that I can't call Amazon nazi fascist dictatorial freaks any more.

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