Atomic Energy for Military Purposes

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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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generation of post-War physicists. (NW) Reprint of the famous document (August 1945) in which unclassified details of the effort which produced the atomic bomb were reported for the first time to the public at large. Of enduring value as an historical document, standing at the portal to the nuclear age. The present edition contains an interesting new foreword by Philip Morrison (who was there), and circumstances which attended the production of the report. For many (as for this reviewer) the republication of the Smyth Report is like meeting again a friend unseen since childhood; it motivated the career decisions of a whole Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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  • ISBN-13: 9780804717229
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Series: Stanford Nuclear Age Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,438,813
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    A technical & historical report of America's atomic weapon developement

    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.

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