AUTHORWeiner, C., Ed.
TITLEHistory of Twentieth Century Physics
PUBLISHERAcademic Press
CITYNew York, NY
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This book discusses seminal episodes in the history of 20th century physics, including several sections on nuclear physics. The book is a collection of lectures delivered during a two week school for physicists sponsored by the Italian Physical Society International School of Physics. Of particular significance to nuclear physics are the set of five lectures, “Lectures on the History of Atomic Physics 1900-1922”, by J. L. Heilbron, which discuss the important first investigations of the atom; the lecture entitled “Niels Bohr and the Atomic Bomb: The Scientific Ideal and International Politics, 1943-1944” by M. J. Sherwin, which discusses Bohr’s post-war efforts to prevent nuclear armament and proliferation; and the lecture, “Physics and Physicists the Way I Knew Them” by V.F. Weisskopf, a pioneer in particle physics, which discusses the changing intellectual and social contexts of physics from the years just prior to World War II through the 1970s.

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