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Enrico Fermi

Author: Dan Cooper
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190283548
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In 1938, at the age of 37, Enrico Fermi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. That same year he emigrated from Italy to the United States and, in the course of his experiments, discovered nuclear fission--a process which forms the basis of nuclear power and atomic bombs. Soon the brilliant physicist was involved in the top secret race to produce the deadliest weapon on Earth. He created the first self-sustaining chain reaction, devised new methods for purifying plutonium, and eventually participated in the first atomic test. This compelling biography traces Fermi's education in Italy, his meteoric career in the scientific world, his escape from fascism to America, and the ingenious experiments he devised and conducted at the University of Rome, Columbia University, and the Los Alamos laboratory. The book also presents a mini-course in quantum and nuclear physics in an accessible, fast-paced narrative that invokes all the dizzying passion of Fermis brilliant discoveries. Oxford Portraits in Science is an on-going series of scientific biographies for young adults. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world.

Reminiscences Of Los Alamos 1943 1945

Author: Lawrence Badash
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400990227
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Although the World War II efforts to develop nuclear weapons have inspired a very large literature, it struck us as noteworthy that virtually nothing existed in the form of firsthand accounts. Now It Can Be Told, by General Leslie Groves, the Manhattan Project's military commander, is probably the most prominent exception, but the scientists themselves seem to have shown little interest in publishing their reminiscences. Believing that it would be not only worthwhile for posterity, but ex tremely interesting for the present generation to hear about the aspirations, fears, and activities of those who participated in this watershed of science and government collaboration, we arranged the public lecture series repre sented by this book.! We chose to focus upon Los Alamos since the project's efforts culminated there. The isolated laboratory in New Mexico was created to design and construct the first atomic bombs. More scientific brainpower was accumulated there than at any time since Isaac Newton dined alone, and the interactions with this community are of sociological interest, as the results of their work are of political import.

Critical Assembly

Author: Lillian Hoddeson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521441322
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This 1993 book explores how the 'critical assembly' of scientists at Los Alamos created the first atomic bombs.

Schloss Aus Glas

Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
ISBN: 3455810519
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Jeannette Walls ist ein glückliches Kind: Sie hat einen Vater, der mit ihr auf Dämonenjagd geht, ihr die Physik erklärt und die Sterne vom Himmel holt. Da nimmt sie gerne in Kauf, immer mal wieder mit leerem Bauch ins Bett zu gehen, ihre egomanische Künstlermutter zu ertragen oder in Nacht-und-Nebel-Aktionen den Wohnort zu wechseln. Mit den Jahren allerdings werden die sozialen Verhältnisse schlimmer, die Sprüche des Vaters schaler und das Lügengebäude der Eltern so zerbrechlich wie das Schloss aus Glas, das der Vater jahrelang zu bauen versprochen hatte.

W Ste Der Toten

Author: Urban Waite
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426422093
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Rays Leben ist nicht besonders gut gelaufen. Vor zehn Jahren hatte er eine Frau, einen kleinen Sohn und eine Zukunft. Jetzt hat er nichts mehr. Auch nicht zu verlieren. Einen letzten Job für seinen Boss, einen Drogenbaron, muss er noch erledigen. In Coronado, einem Kaff in der Wüste von New Mexico, das schon bessere Tage gesehen hat. Aber zehn Jahre sind eine verdammt lange Zeit, die Spielregeln haben sich geändert. Als der Coup daneben geht, begreift Ray schnell, dass sein Leben auf Messers Schneide steht ...

Wer Die Vergangenheit Stiehlt

Author: Tony Hillerman
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3688101456
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Warum ist das Volk der Anasazi vor langer Zeit einfach vom Erdboden verschwunden? Dr. Eleanor Friedman-Bernal ist drauf und dran, dieses alte Rätsel der Anthropologie zu lösen. Doch dann taucht sie auf einmal selbst nicht mehr aus dem Ausgrabungsgebiet auf. Die Navajo-Cops Joe Leaphorn und Jim Chee stellen bei ihren Ermittlungen fest, daß wertvolle Anasazi-Keramiken gestohlen wurden. Ist die Anthropologin den Dieben der Vergangenheit auf die Spur gekommen?