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Author: Jim Baggott
ISBN: 1605981974
Language: English
Pages: 584 pages
Category: Military
Publisher: Pegasus Books; Reprint edition (August 15, 2011)
Rating: 4.7
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This book covers the development of the atomic bomb from the point of the first what if? theoretical thought about nuclear fission up. .It is a history of the attendant physics and in that respect it is comprehensive and intelligible.

It is a history of the attendant physics and in that respect it is comprehensive and intelligible. Baggott's experience as a physicist and academic makes this an exceptional opportunity to learn though a compelling narrative. As a history, "The First War of Physics" achieves something even greater.

Originally published as: Atomic : the first war of physics and the secret .

Originally published as: Atomic : the first war of physics and the secret history of the atomic bomb, 1939-49. Top. American Libraries Canadian Libraries Universal Library Community Texts Project Gutenberg Biodiversity Heritage Library Children's Library.

Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to.

Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of 'Joe-1,’ August 1949's first Soviet atomic bomb test. A 2009 book by Dr Jim Baggott, Atomic: the first war of physics, examines in detail the race to develop nuclear weapons by Britain, Germany, the . and the Soviet Union, based on declassified documents and captured German archives and tells a fascinating story – one that is some important respects very different from the received view.

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Such infiltration led to the paranoia of the Carter era in the early 1950s. Jimmy Carter started a campaign against perceived communists, especially nuclear physicists, which ended up in J. Robert Oppenheimer (the father of the bomb) being stopped from further consultation and Felix Bloch (a ground breaking quantum physicist) to be exiled to Brazil. Cold War America was a place of fear. Scientists’ reputation suffered.

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Bomb, 1939–1949 (New York: Pegasus Books, 2011). In this sprawling volume, Jim Baggott, holder of a PhD in physical chemistry. from Oxford University and author of a number of popular science books, turns

Bomb, 1939–1949 (New York: Pegasus Books, 2011). from Oxford University and author of a number of popular science books, turns. his attention to the development of the atomic bomb and the origins of the. nuclear arms race. Atomic covers the pivotal ten-year period between the. discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 and the first test of a Soviet A-bomb in. 1949

The book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's Farm Hall . Did the physicists knowingly inspire the arms race? The First War of Physics is a grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius: a tale barely believable as fiction, which just happens to be historical fact.

Jim Baggott, a popular British science writer, sets out in The First War of Physics to tell . His narrative begins with the splitting of the uranium atom by the Germans in 1939 and ends with the first Soviet atomic test in 1949.

Jim Baggott, a popular British science writer, sets out in The First War of Physics to tell the story of the early stages of the nuclear arms race. The primary motivation that propelled this race, Baggott says, was fear

Baggott relates an epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human .

Baggott relates an epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding: the monumental race .Books related to First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949. Physics (Illustrated) - The Classic, Definitive Guide - A must read for all of those interested in the Mother of all Science from the Beginner to the Advanced Student. Wonders of the Universe.

An epic story of science and technology at the very limits of human understanding: the monumental race to build the first atomic weapons.

Rich in personality, action, confrontation, and deception, The First War of Physics is the first fully realized popular account of the race to build humankind's most destructive weapon. The book draws on declassified material, such as MI6's Farm Hall transcripts, coded soviet messages cracked by American cryptographers in the Venona project, and interpretations by Russian scholars of documents from the soviet archives. Jim Baggott weaves these threads into a dramatic narrative that spans ten historic years, from the discovery of nuclear fission in 1939 to the aftermath of 'Joe-1,’ August 1949's first Soviet atomic bomb test. Why did physicists persist in developing the atomic bomb, despite the devastation that it could bring? Why, despite having a clear head start, did Hitler's physicists fail? Could the soviets have developed the bomb without spies like Klaus Fuchs or Donald Maclean? Did the allies really plot to assassinate a key member of the German bomb program? Did the physicists knowingly inspire the arms race? The First War of Physics is a grand and frightening story of scientific ambition, intrigue, and genius: a tale barely believable as fiction, which just happens to be historical fact. 24 pages of black-and-white photographs
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Levion
Book Review - The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949, by Jim Baggott

This book covers the development of the atomic bomb from the point of the first “what if?” theoretical thought about nuclear fission up until present day. The author does not just look at America’s race to develop the bomb but also reviews what was happening in Germany, Britain, Canada, the USSR and elsewhere.

Divided into four sections the book covers the recruitment of nuclear physicists as World War 2 begins and the status of early nuclear research in all countries. This is followed by a review of the difficulty of obtaining materials and the first attempts to create an atomic pile or critical, self-sustaining nuclear reaction. The author takes us on an interesting side trip to discuss the sabotage of the heavy water plant in Norway which the German’s were counting on in their atomic bomb program. If you have read the books Assault In Norway by Thomas Gallagher, The Real Heroes of Telemark: The True Story of the Secret Mission to Stop Hitler's Atomic Bomb by Ray Mears or Skis Against the Atom by Knut Haukelid or have seen the movie The Heroes of Telemark, you know this story. Having read and seen all of the above, Baggott does a great job of summarizing that stories place in the development of the atomic bomb.

Part 3 of the book discusses the search for German nuclear scientists after the D-Day landings and the development and testing of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos and its devastating use in Japan at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The last part of the book discusses the beginnings of the Cold War, espionage related to the atomic bomb, the development of the hydrogen bomb and the scientists attitude and thoughts on what they have unleashed.

The author does a great job of bringing to life the many real-life scientists, engineers, soldiers and spies in this story, including: Fermi, Bohr, Heisenberg, Oppenheimer, Groves, Fuchs, Teller, Szilard, Sakharov, Rosenberg, and many others.

While this book may sound like a dry topic to many, if you have an interest in World War 2, the development of the atomic bomb, or the beginnings of the Cold War, I believe that you will find it an entertaining and elucidating read.
Cktiell
This was a reasonably engrossing book that seems to have been very well researched. I have also read "The History of the Atomic Bomb" which I thought was a little bit better book. This book spends more time on the many different individuals who contributed to the project and also discusses in some depth the individuals and the information that they gave to the Russians on the atomic bomb. The history and timeline of Russian activities are also discussed in some detail.

The information and author's conclusions on what the German scientists did and why they did it during WWII wrt reactor development are also interesting.

You have to be interested in this topic and have some understanding of nuclear physics to get through this book and understand what it is being discussed.
Lesesshe
I was hesitant when reading my sample pages because it seemed too academic and dry for an interesting read. I've read a lot about nuclear physics and the people who discovered it but this was my first look at how their discoveries interacted with historical events beyond their control. This writer is both an excellent historian who presents detailed facts and personalities, and also offers a compelling narrative as a storyteller. Between the developing science and the unpredictable events of WWII, these scientists and political/military leaders found themselves in uncharted territory and it's fascinating to see how events unfolded in both planned and unplanned ways. Even though I know story in general, the details really bring it to life. Each personality has their own scientific agenda, political issues, family complications, and collisions with historical events that together portray history as a lived event, not some distant memory.
Kanek
This is a very thorough history from the early conjecture that energy might be liberated through the tapping of nuclear forces to the development of thermonuclear weapons by the US and the USSR. It is a history of the attendant physics and in that respect it is comprehensive and intelligible. Baggott's experience as a physicist and academic makes this an exceptional opportunity to learn though a compelling narrative.

As a history, "The First War of Physics" achieves something even greater. The politics, military action and espionage are catalogued with accuracy and compassion, but judgment is muted. Thorough treatment of partisan actions in Scandinavia, madmen in Hitler's and Stalin's fascist regimes, tensions between the military and scientific establishments, and cold war politics and political paranoia: these form the backdrop for a gripping narrative which presents facts, theories and possibilities. The actions and thinking of physicists such as Bohr, Heisenberg, Szilard, Oppenheimer and (to a lesser extent, unfortunately, Bohm) are researched thoroughly, reviewed and conclusions offered. Interpretation and judgment are largely left to the Epilogue where guilt is considered, including that to be shouldered by scientists. How the individual physicists have fared throughout the almost three decades is also reviewed. This presentation of the facts to the reader, and presentation of a final discussion, is totally appropriate for this topic and Baggott's extensive collation of information is rewarded. True, it's as much about history as physics, but it is a complete exposition on both accounts.
Gralinda
This is one of my favorite books on the subject. Jim really gets into the historical aspect of the thinkers and the governments involved. It was very eye opening to realize the race for the bomb was a paramount issue in the war but rarely discussed publicly. Most people would be shocked to know just how close the Germans came.

There is intrigue, espionage, conflict and personal strife. Don't pass it up.