AUTHORLogan, Jonothan
TITLEThe Critical Mass
PERIODICAL TITLEAmerican Scientist
DATE PUBLISHED1996
VOLUME NUMBER84
ISSUE NUMBERMay/June
PAGE NUMBERS263-277
ISSN 0003-0996
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This article argues that Germany did not develop an atomic bomb during World War II because of scientific miscalculations. The Farm Hall transcripts, recordings of captured German physicists including Werner Heisenberg, strongly suggest that German scientists believed that the critical mass of uranium necessary for an atomic bomb was prohibitively large. An extensive timeline of related events is included in the article.


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