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Making of the Atomic Bomb [Kindle Edition]

Richard Rhodes
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  • Länge: 896 Seiten
  • Sprache: Englisch
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If the first 270 pages of this book had been published separately, they would have made up a lively, insightful, beautifully written history of theoretical physics and the men and women who plumbed the mysteries of the atom. Along with the following 600 pages, they become a sweeping epic, filled with terror and pity, of the ultimate scientific quest: the development of the ultimate weapon. Rhodes is a peerless explainer of difficult concepts; he is even better at chronicling the personalities who made the discoveries that led to the Bomb. Niels Bohr dominates the first half of the book as J. Robert Oppenheimer does the second; both men were gifted philosophers of science as well as brilliant physicists. The central irony of this book, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, is that the greatest minds of the century contributed to the greatest destructive force in history.


Tracy Kidder The comprehensive history of the Bomb -- and also a work of literature.

Carl Sagan A stirring intellectual adventure...clear, fast-paced, and indispensable.

San Francisco Chronicle A monumental and enthralling history...Alive and vibrant in the book are all the scientists...and each human being stands vividly revealed as a man of science, of conscience, of doubts or of hubris.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bohr's idea of the "complemantarity of the bomb" 13. Mai 1999
As noted by Rhodes, the book encapsulates Bohr's notion of the complementarity of the bomb. The question becomes then, what is the complementarity of the bomb and how does it enter into the debate over nuclear proliferation and national security in the years when the bomb was first developed? The complementarity of the bomb is best understood as a paradox, a theory which epitomizes the danger of unintended consequences of technology. In Bohr's memorandum to President Roosevelt, he laid out his theory as a new language that is born out of the harnessing of nuclear power but necessary to grasp what such capabilities entail. According to Bohr, the bomb, ironically, was not so much a weapon as a threat. The magnitude of such a threat entailed that, "when nuclear weapons spread to other countries, as they certainly would, no one would be able any longer to win. A spasm of mutual destruction would be possible. But not war."(532) In this way, the idea of the bomb paradoxically destroyed the concept which it was designed to dominate long before it ever came to fruition. It destroyed the old conception of war and supplanted it with a possibility which was much darker, more ominous, and ultimately eschatological.
Rhodes explains that in a world of international anarchy where nations compete for self-interested goals, war had been the method of final negotiation. The bomb created a situation where this old construct could no longer work because when applied the bomb would subvert the goals it was intended to meet. The power it contained was ultimate as Rhodes describes it in divine proportions. Under the old framework of arms build-up each new bomb would quantitatively increase security.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Definitive, Nearly Perfect, and Important 7. April 1999
I recommend this work to you for two reasons: first, I believe it important for a citizen of the world to understand the development and initial employment of this "gadget" (as its creating physicists designated the bomb), and second, this is a fine read: significant history with minimal political taint. This is a story more fascinating than Clancy's best, due simply to its veracity.
No wonder this won the Pulitzer! This is well-written and captivating history.
Rhodes includes dialog and writings to allow his reader to meet the physicists, soldiers, and politicians. His technical descriptions of the involved science satiate me, a chemist, yet he supplies the definitions and background to permit ready comprehension by readers not versed in nuclear theory. Finally, his account of the events in the two decades prior to and during the Manhattan Project educates without boredom.
Much of this work concerns the men and women discovering the constituents of the atom and of its potential to be affected for some utility. The science is not overwhelming, but well-written and clear.
This is written as a historical text book, with documentation galore. I concur with my fellow reader who remarked on their amazement that one man could compile this. What a tome of research!
I shall limit my complaints to two. I found the account to be heavy on the early days and developers of nuclear theory. I also tired of reading Bohr's philosophy on the need to share science with the world.
Anyone interested in the history of the 20th Century or in atomic weapons would not regret reading The Making of the Atomic Bomb.
What struck me most?
How quickly the industrial capability of the United States put this into motion, once committed.
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...deserves a narrative documentary of the highest quality. Fortunately for us, Richard Rhodes was up to the task.
He delves into the physics that made the bomb possible and the personalities who nearly made it impossible. For instance, he has the courage to move Albert Einstein slightly off center-stage of 20th Century physics and to give credit more to the ensemble effort that led to the creation of the bomb.
The bomb was really the product of industrial might (backed with an enormous commitment of finances), military resources and discipline, scientific wit and intelligence, human creativity and imagination, and political will. That all of these things could be focused and brought into convergence is almost unthinkable in today's terms. As a subterranean national priority, very few of the general public had the foggiest notion that it was going on. Simpler times.
The author has managed to assemble the diverse research that was obviously necessary in a way that is comparable to the building of the bomb. That would have been enough for the record, but Mr. Rhodes exceeds himself in the quality of his writing, never slipping into the tempting morass of techno-jargon. Rather, he actually manages to explain all the key elements that renders the subject understandable by the layperson. Not least of all is his effectiveness in showing the protaganists as three-dimensional humans. He raises the important ethical and social consequences of the development without much of a rhetorical bias one way or the other.
Close the windows, lock the doors and read this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super History
Well documented and told story. The thing that strikes me is how they were (mostly) really clueless human beings. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 9 Monaten von Julius veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen very detailed information
In the first half of the book Richard Rhodes describes the history of Nuclear Physics from a rather human point of view by telling the family background of upbringing of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2013 von GS
5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein durchschlagendes Werk
Ein Meisterwerk. Gar keine Frage. Nur ist Rhodes wohl eher ein writer's writer. Als Quelle für eine neue, weniger technische Dokumentation. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2010 von windula
5.0 von 5 Sternen Eines der besten Bücher das je geschrieben wurde
Dieses Buch gibt einen fantastischen Überblick über die Hintergründe der Entwicklung der Atombombe und der Anwendung am Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2009 von Martin Waeber
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Read!
A very detailed and thorough history of the making of the atomic bomb. Everything is covered; from the science that led up to the bomb- to the lives of all the major players... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 2000 von Chad Bagley
3.0 von 5 Sternen A bit too much
I love history, math and science, and have a technical advanced degree, but still managed to have a tough time getting through this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2000 von Amazon Customer
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent
This book gives a very detailed description of how the atomic bomb was developed. From the work of Rutherford, J. J. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 22. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth reading more than once!
As a teacher of physics at the secondary level, I found this book to be an excellent source of information for an interdisciplinary unit I did with a colleague in the Social... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2000 von Paul M. Rutherford, Ph.D.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent - everyone should read this book
This is a big book (almost 800 pages), covering the history of atomic physics from late the 19th century discoveries of the atomic nucleus and radiation to the 1945 atomic bomb... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2000 von Tom Gillis
5.0 von 5 Sternen Reads like a novel...
From the first paragraph (see below), it is obvious that this is an exceptional work. It reads like a novel, but goes deeper into the nature of reality than any novel can ever hope... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2000 von Chris McKinstry
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