Atomic Energy for Military Purposesby Henry Smyth
Pub. Date: 01/01/1990
Publisher: Stanford University Press
This historic document, generally known as 'The Smyth Report, ' was written in secret between the summer of 1944 and the spring of 1945 at the direction of Major General L.R. Groves, who was in charge of the atomic bomb project, as a 'report to the nation.'
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Henry DeWolf Smyth, a Princeton physicist under the direction of Major General Leslie R. Groves, published in 1945 what was known as 'The Smyth Report' to inform the general public of the latest atomic energy developements, it's vast industry, and the creation of the atomic bomb. The report covers excellent technical explanations of nuclear physics, the 'multiplication factor', gaseous diffusion & electromagnetic isotope separation, and plutonium production. Also explained with detail is the historical developement & organization of the National Defense Research Committee (predecessor of the Atomic Energy Commission), and the role of Britian & Canada in atomic energy research. Definite required reading by anyone interested in nuclear physics and atomic weapon history.