AUTHORReed, B. Cameron
TITLEThe History and Science of the Manhattan Project
CITYNew York, NY

This work, published in the Springer Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics series, is intended as a college-level science text on the Manhattan Project, but serves well as a resource for scientists and non-scientists. The author, a physics professor, weaves the descriptive and technical details of the Project into a narrative in order to provide "a gateway to an intricate and compelling story"(ix). He utilizes information that has become more accessible in recent years to fill in details often missing in previous accounts. Starting in the early twentieth century, the narrative traces the development of nuclear physics leading to the first atomic bombs, the initiation and operation of the Project, and the use of atomic bombs on Japan. A final chapter addresses the beginning of the nuclear arms race, nuclear testing, arms control treaties, and deployment of nuclear weapons. The book's historical components contain descriptions of personalities and relationships between key figures, while the technological aspects are complemented by a few equations (which the author says may be skipped by the non-scientist) and numerous graphs and diagrams. Each chapter concludes with problems for students and an extensive bibliography.

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