Arms and the Physicist

Arms and the Physicist

by Herbert F. York
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563960990

ISBN-13: 9781563960994

Pub. Date: 05/28/1997

Publisher: American Institute of Physics

From the very start, at the age of twenty-one, Herbert F. York was swept into the century's most daring and dangerous technical achievement, the making of the atomic bomb. Throughout his fifty-year career as scientist and statesman, York has been there - at the center of this formidable and fractious era. His is not a dispassionate scholar's treatise, nor is it a…  See more details below

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From the very start, at the age of twenty-one, Herbert F. York was swept into the century's most daring and dangerous technical achievement, the making of the atomic bomb. Throughout his fifty-year career as scientist and statesman, York has been there - at the center of this formidable and fractious era. His is not a dispassionate scholar's treatise, nor is it a reporter's story clipped from the files. Instead, this is a charged, eye-witness documentary, told in the first person by a principal actor. York takes us backstage to witness key events of our time: to the Manhattan Project for the birth of the atomic bomb; to Lawrence Livermore where the H-bomb was built; to Washington to eavesdrop on how post-war history was being forged; and to Geneva where he tried to stem the madness. Along the way, you'll meet some of our greatest heros and villains - Lawrence, Oppenheimer, Weisskopf, Teller, General Groves, President Eisenhower, and a cast of hundreds - friends, colleagues, enemies, who for more than half a century, held the fate of the world in their hands.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563960994
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Series:
Masters of Modern Physics Series, #12
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
Preface
Making Weapons, Talking Peace3
National Security and the Nuclear-Test Ban29
The Arms Race and the Fallacy of the Last Move44
A Personal View of the Arms Race48
Military Technology and National Security58
Arms-Limitation Strategies83
Thinking about the Arms Race96
Origins of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory113
Debate Over the Hydrogen Bomb127
Eisenhower's Other Warning144
Negotiating and the U.S. Bureaucracy151
Comprehensive Test-Ban Negotiations161
Strategic Reconnaissance203
Nuclear Deterrence and the Military Uses of Space221
Why SDI?235
Minimum Deterrence273
Nuclear Arms Race: Past, Present, and Future278
Acknowledgments289
Index291
About the Author295

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