Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics

The History and Science of the Manhattan Project

Authors: Reed, Bruce Cameron

  • This is the only popular-level history of the Project prepared by a writer who is a physicist and who has broad knowledge of the relevant scientific details
  • Ideal for readers who have no specialized scientific background but who want to learn more about how atomic bombs came to be
  • Relevant scientific concepts are explained in the text as they are needed 
  • For readers who do possess some scientific background (high-school physics), this book will provide a deeper understanding of some of the technical issues involved in developing atomic bombs
  • An ideal text for a college-level “general education” history or science class
  • Based on years of research by the author into the physics of nuclear weapons, augmented by familiarity with relevant official archival documentation
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About this Textbook

The development of atomic bombs under the auspices of the U. S. Army’s Manhattan Project during World War II is considered to be the outstanding news story of the twentieth century. In this book, a physicist and expert on the history of the Project presents a comprehensive overview of this momentous achievement. The first three chapters cover the history of nuclear physics from the discovery of radioactivity to the discovery of fission, and would be ideal for instructors of a sophomore-level “Modern Physics” course. Student-level exercises at the ends of the chapters are accompanied by answers. Chapter 7 covers the physics of first-generation fission weapons at a similar level, again accompanied by exercises and answers. For the interested layman and for non-science students and instructors, the book includes extensive qualitative material on the history, organization, implementation, and results of the Manhattan Project and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing missions. The reader also learns about the legacy of the Project as reflected in the current world stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

 

About the authors

The author holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and has published 20 technical and semi-popular-level papers on the Manhattan Project and related nuclear history in publications such as American Journal of Physics, The Physics Teacher, European Journal of Physics, Natural Science, American Scientist, Physics & Society and Physics in Perspective. In 2009 he was made a Fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of my contributions “ … to the history of both the physics and the development of nuclear weapons in the Manhattan Project.”

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This new text by Cameron successfully marries the science with the history of the Manhattan Project in 472 pages and 173 illustrations (most of them original). … I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the history of the Manhattan Project and all the nuclear physics behind the project, which is written in a very approachable and educational way.” (Dimitris Mihailidis, Medical Physics, Vol. 41 (9), September, 2014)

“Reed (Alma College) provides a well-written scientific, organizational, military, and diplomatic history of the American (and British!) programs leading to the construction and use of the world’s first nuclear weapon. … The book, part of Springer’s ‘Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics’ series, is well suited for undergraduates and others who have successfully completed a good introductory college physics course. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers.” (A. M. Saperstein, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)

“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. … Each chapter concludes with problems for students and an extensive bibliography.” (ALSOS Digital Library for Nuclear Issues, alsos.wlu.edu, 2014)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Reed, Bruce Cameron

    Pages 1-14

  • A Short History of Nuclear Physics to the Mid-1930s

    Reed, Bruce Cameron

    Pages 15-70

  • The Discovery and Interpretation of Nuclear Fission

    Reed, Bruce Cameron

    Pages 71-117

  • Organizing the Manhattan Project, 1939–1943

    Reed, Bruce Cameron

    Pages 119-174

  • Oak Ridge, CP-1, and the Clinton Engineer Works

    Reed, Bruce Cameron

    Pages 175-228

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
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Hardcover $59.99
price for USA
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Softcover $59.99
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  • Due: October 14, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-50914-2
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Rent the ebook  
  • Rental duration: 1 or 6 month
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History and Science of the Manhattan Project
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-40297-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-40297-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-40296-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50914-2
Series ISSN
2192-4791
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 472
Number of Illustrations and Tables
173 b/w illustrations
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