AUTHORSerber, Robert
TITLEThe Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How to Build an Atomic Bomb
PUBLISHERUniversity of California Press
CITYBerkeley, CA

Annotated by Professor Serber for the nonscientist, this book contains all the information available on the eve of the Manhattan Project about how to build an atomic bomb. It is a version of the first document distributed to new recruits of the Manhattan Project when it first began in April 1943. Based on historically important lectures given by Serber, the book contains a preface in which he reminisces about the early excitement and uncertainty of the contributing scientists. The editor, Richard Rhodes, who is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his own book on the atomic bomb, contributes an introduction that concisely summarizes the leaps nuclear physics had taken up to the time the lectures were given.

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