AUTHORPreston, Diana
TITLEBefore the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
PUBLISHERWalker and Company
CITYNew York, NY

This book integrates the history, biography, and science of the eventful period in nuclear history bounded by the Curies' discovery of radium and polonium at the beginning of the twentieth century and the use of atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. The author, a British historian, brings out the human qualities of scientists, political leaders, and ordinary citizens who were involved in events leading to the development and use of the first atomic bombs. The book also provides an interesting, well documented tour of the origins and development of nuclear science for a general audience.

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