Farm Hall and the German Atomic Project of World War II

A Dramatic History

Authors: Cassidy, David C.

  • Gripping reading that highlights the ethical issues as well as emotional reactions of the nuclear scientists
  • A thoroughly researched dramatization of pivotal events in human history
  • Includes historical narrative and photographic documentation alongside the play
  • Prepared with support of American Institute of Physics
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About this book

This gripping book brings back to life the events surrounding the internment of ten German Nuclear Scientists immediately after World War II. It is also an "eye-witness" account of the dawning of the nuclear age, with the dialogue and narrative spanning the period before, during and after atomic bombs were dropped on Japan at the end of the war. This pivotal historical episode is conveyed, along with the emotions as well as the facts, through drama, historical narrative, and photographs of the captive German nuclear scientists - who included Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn, and Max von Laue. The unique story that unfolds in the play is based on secretly recorded transcripts of the scientists’ actual conversations at Farm Hall, together with related documents and photographs.


About the authors

David C. Cassidy is a prize-winning historian and dramatist of science. He is a professor emeritus at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York USA. His previous books include Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics and the Bomb; Einstein and Our World; and J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century.

Reviews

“He highlights several incidents that bring the story to life, including the Germans’ confused reaction to the news of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surprise announcement of Otto Hahn’s Nobel … . Ultimately, however, Cassidy has made Farm Hall come alive, with all the important contradictions and conflicts it embodies. His book should be of special interest to physicists and physics students and is a valuable addition to our understanding of this ambiguous chapter in the history of modern physics.” (Mark Walker, Physics Today, March, 2018)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Farm Hall

    Cassidy, David C.

    Pages 1-40

  • A Brief History of the German Project, Alsos, and Farm Hall

    Cassidy, David C.

    Pages 41-88

  • Science, History, Drama

    Cassidy, David C.

    Pages 89-94

  • Historical Sources: The Farm Hall Reports

    Cassidy, David C.

    Pages 95-122

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59578-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $39.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59577-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Farm Hall and the German Atomic Project of World War II
Book Subtitle
A Dramatic History
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59578-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59578-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59577-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 125
Number of Illustrations and Tables
32 b/w illustrations
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