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eBook Before the Fall-Out: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima ePub

by Diana Preston

  • ISBN: 0385604386
  • Category: Military
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Diana Preston
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Doubleday UK (September 13, 2005)
  • Pages: 352
  • ePub book: 1480 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1623 kb
  • Other: azw lit txt rtf
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 751

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Before the Fallout book. She also provides a rare portrait of Hiroshima before the blast.

Before the Fallout book. The Human Chain Reaction That Led To The Atom BombOn December. As Hiroshima's 60th anniversary approaches, Before the Fallout compels us to consider the threats and moral dilemmas we face in our still dangerous world.

Before the Fall-Out book. Spanning fifty years, Before the Fall-Out tells the full story. Diana Preston draws on fresh material including interviews with the last living scientist to have worked with Marie Curie, the only senior scientist to have walked out on the Manhattan Project on moral grounds, and the German scientist who accompanied Werner Heisenberg on his controversial wartime visit to Niels Bohr in Copenhagen.

After reading this book I’m still not sure how I feel about the dropping of the atom bombs but I do know that I now know much more than before. That's a lot of ground to cover, but in "Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima" Diana Preston attempts, and to a large degree succeeds, in doing so.

Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima Paperback. Diana Preston is a historian, writer and broadcaster. Her books include: The Road to Culloden Moore: 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.

Before the Fall-Out helps us make better sense of our own, dangerous world and of the threats and moral dilemmas that face our society today. Before the fallout: from Marie Curie to Hiroshima. The well-worn saga of the events, circumstances, and personalities that culminated in the detonation of the first atomic bomb has been recounted in several books; yet, the story remains compelling.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to. .Preston’s what-if scenarios are as fascinating as her portraits of the players, from Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer to FDR, Emperor Hirohito, and Hitler.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima.

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Diana Preston BEFORE THE FALLOUT from MARIE CURIE to HIROSHIMA To Michael, my husband and writing partner Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as infction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there. Читать онлайн Before the Fallout. from MARIE CURIE to HIROSHIMA. To Michael, my husband.

As Diana Preston argues in Before the Fall-out, the .

As Diana Preston argues in Before the Fall-out, the common feature of the atomic scientists was that they were all "only human". Preston describes what she calls the "human chain reaction" which started with Marie Curie's discovery of radium in 1903 and ended with the destruction of Hiroshima, 42 years later. Her book is about people - rightly so, since the building of the atom bomb was, first and foremost, a triumph of human intelligence, creativity and will.

Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima. On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity seems to be an atomic property. A mere 47 years later, "Little Boy"exploded over Hiroshima. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Bloomsbury USAReleased: May 26, 2009ISBN: 9780802718198Format: book.

book by Diana Preston. In 1898, Marie Curie first described a phenomenon she called radioactivity. Diana Preston combines the exciting story of the individuals responsible for the scientific discoveries of Atomic Energy with the race for the Atomic Bomb. She traces the fifty year journey of discoveries which culminated in Hiroshima's destruction. The book is one of biography, science (well told and easy to understand), and the history of this unique quest for knowledge.

A history of the Atomic Bomb from Marie Curie to Hiroshima.“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 civilians in Hiroshima and destroyed the countryside for miles around, was one of the defining moments in world history. 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 such a weapon of mass destruction?From the moment scientists contemplated the destructive potential of splitting the atom, the role of science changed. Ethical and moral dilemmas faced all those who realized the implications of their research. 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 discoveries contributed to the bomb.The story of the atomic bomb spans 50 years of prolific scientific innovation, turbulent politics, foreign affairs and world-changing history. Through personal stories of exile, indecision and soul-searching, to charges of collaboration, spying and deceit, Diana Preston presents the human side of an unstoppable programme with a lethal outcome.

Comments

Zodama Zodama
This is a great nonfiction book for anyone with a technical backfround! All of those people we read about in the physics books become real. I loaned my copy to a friend who did not return it -- I had to have one in my library so I opted for a used one. The used book was as represented and at a good price.
Rainbearer Rainbearer
This is a study from Marie Curie's scientific breakthrough through to developing the bomb. Almost all this book comes from the science world which I found interesting. I very much enjoyed reading the stories of the scientific characters.

You will however find little in the book on the military, politicians and engineers all who made as great a contribution. There is only a bit about the pilots who had trained almost a year for this mission.

There is also an interesting what-if section at the end.

Some issues I do have with the book were I found some of the answers on the use of the bomb doubtful. The writer assumes that it had in part something to do with the US trying to use it to terrify the Russians. There is little evidence for this.

Also her reasons for ending the war in the Pacific centered too much on the Japan and the US. Yet others were involved. Possibly the Russian entering the war probably was more important to Japan surrender then the US bomb.

Furthermore the US could not have offered Japan better terms at Potsdam without causing major political problems both internally and externally as she had agreed that Unconditional Surrender policy earlier with her allies at the Casablanca conference. Because of the bomb and the Russian entry into the war there was no reason to upset them.

Also the losses in the Pacific conflict were producing about 20,000 deaths a day that were not US or Japan - some notable examples were the Chinese, Indonesians, Indo China, Burma etc. If the bomb speeded up the end of the war by one month it saved several 100,000's of these people too. These people should also be considered in the moral calculation that the writer proposes.
Angana Angana
There are many histories of the development of atomic physics. I was surprised to find this one had anecdotes and insights that were new to me.