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Physics - Particle and Nuclear Physics | The Physics of the Manhattan Project

The Physics of the Manhattan Project

Reed, Bruce Cameron

3rd ed. 2015, XVII, 222 p. 70 illus.

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  • Gathers together all relevant and quite diverse physics of the atom-bomb project in a single volume
  • Retells the challenges of the Manhattan project, with the skill of a dedicated teacher of physics
  • Appendices provide numerous useful data-tables and special tools of calculation
  • A unique blend of history and physics
  • Third edition includes four new sections and is carefully revised throughout

The development of nuclear weapons during the Manhattan Project is one of the most significant scientific events of the twentieth century. This revised and updated 3rd edition explores the challenges that faced the scientists and engineers of the Manhattan Project. It gives a clear introduction to fission weapons at the level of an upper-year undergraduate physics student by examining the details of nuclear reactions, their energy release, analytic and numerical models of the fission process, how critical masses can be estimated, how fissile materials are produced, and what factors complicate bomb design. An extensive list of references and a number of exercises for self-study are included. Links are given to several freely-available spreadsheets which users can use to run many of the calculations for themselves.

Content Level » Upper undergraduate

Keywords » Calculate Critical Mass Bomb - History of the Atomic Bomb - Manhattan Project - Manhattan Project Calculations - Nuclear Fission - Nuclear Research in the Forties - Nuclear Weapons - Oppenheimer Physics - Physics of Fission Weapons - Wartime Physics at Los Alamos

Related subjects » Chemistry - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Nuclear Energy - Particle and Nuclear Physics

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