AUTHORDahl, Per F.
TITLEHeavy Water and the Wartime Race for Nuclear Energy
PUBLISHERInstitute of Physics
CITYLondon, England
DATE PUBLISHED1999
ISBN0-7503-0633-5


This carefully researched book discusses the history of heavy water, especially focusing on its importance in the production of atomic bombs during World War II. It covers the discovery and early uses of heavy water, techniques of production, and its importance in German and Allied atomic efforts. People and events involved in the race for nuclear energy are presented in detail, with additional information available in endnotes. While presenting the technical and social history of heavy water, the book discusses the relationship of heavy water to developments in nuclear physics and chemistry. Two appendices provide a comparison of the properties of heavy water to water, and a chronology of events relating to heavy water.


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