AUTHORWeart, Spencer R.
TITLEScientists in Power
PUBLISHERHarvard University Press
CITYCambridge, MA

This book focuses on the work of French scientists working with nuclear energy prior to, during, and after World War II. Weart follows developments from Marie Curie’s experiments with radium to the late 1940s when her son-in-law, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, launched France’s atomic energy program. The author also explains how the French discoveries were often concurrent with American findings. The book is a well-rounded portrait of the French researchers’ work, their campaign to secure funds and materials from the government, and their use of secrecy and patents to establish the originality and seriousness of their developments.

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