AUTHORMcKay, Alwyn
TITLEThe Making of the Atomic Age
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This book is a first-hand account that describes many of the key events in the development of nuclear energy. McKay concentrates primarily on the personalities and motivations of the scientists involved, as he traces the history of nuclear energy from its discovery at the turn of the century to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He describes the contributions of the Curies, Rutherford, Bohr, and Fermi. A concluding chapter discusses the possible future of nuclear power. The book contains good scientific and technical descriptions of the physics, chemistry, and engineering required to produce the bombs.

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