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Richard Rhodes (1) (1937–)

Autor(a) de The Making of the Atomic Bomb

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About the Author

Richard Rhodes, the award-winning author of twenty-two books, lives and works mi the California coast above Half Moon Bay.
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Obras por Richard Rhodes

The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1986) 3,543 exemplares
Energy: A Human History (2018) 296 exemplares

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I was looking forward to finding out about the years of constructing the bomb. This book starts a lot farther back than that. It gives information about the background of people significant in developing the background knowledge necessary to know how to do it.

It also make it clear that many of the people developing the necessary theories were Jewish and living in an area where Hitler made it dangerous. Travails in getting out out the country are described.

Alas, I did not finish this book because it was a Kindle Unlimited loan and I no longer have a KU subscription… (mais)
bread2u | 53 outras críticas | May 15, 2024 |
"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." - Bhagavad Gita

The quote from the Bhagavad Gita was Oppenheimer's reaction to the test bomb, the Trinity, carried out on July 15, 1945. Up until that time, the scientists involved in the Manhattan Project were not completely sure if the bomb would work. Shortly before the test, Fermi "offered to take wagers from his fellow scientists on whether or not the bomb would ignite the atmosphere, and if so whether it would merely destroy the world." (p. 665)

The book chronicles verbose detail, the scientific discoveries, historical events, and political decisions that led to the new and most cruel bomb" (Emperor Hirohito) to ignite over Japan in August of 1945. The horror it unleashed is described in the last chapter. Survivors are quoted and their accounts are painful to read.
"In my mind's eye, like a waking dream, I could see the tongues of fire at work on the bodies of men." - Masugi Ibuse, "Black Rain

Many of the scientists were horrified at the bomb's use, but as one survivor asked, "Those scientists who invented the bomb, wrote a young woman who was a fourth-grade student at Horsima- "what did they think would happen if they dropped it?"
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Chrissylou62 | 53 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Hard to imagine a world without the A-Bomb. Also hard to imagine how a small group of Jewish scientist emigres convinced the US Government to make the biggest investment in weaponry ever based on a belief that the Nazi's would get there first. But they did, and the Nazi's didn't. Thank goodness.
MylesKesten | 53 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
In contrast to a lot of what is presented for the public's edification (and titillation) in this day and age of confession, A Hole in the World is a work that is completely selfless. Richard Rhodes is here to share three crucial and helpful things with us. His story is a difficult one, but told so well and sincerely that I found it mesmerizing.
jwhenderson | 3 outras críticas | Aug 30, 2023 |



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