Atomic Histories: A Walk Through the Beginnings of the Atomic Age with One of its True Pioneers

Atomic Histories: A Walk Through the Beginnings of the Atomic Age with One of its True Pioneers

by Rudolf Ernst Peierls
     
 

Rudolf Peierls offers an enlightening collection of essays, book reviews, and candid profiles of some of the most famous scientists of the 20th century, including his mentor Wolfgang Pauli, the controversial Werner Heisenberg, the young J. Robert Oppenheimer, and personal friends Niels Bohr and Max Planck. Many of the essays and reviews are concerned with the nuclear…  See more details below

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Rudolf Peierls offers an enlightening collection of essays, book reviews, and candid profiles of some of the most famous scientists of the 20th century, including his mentor Wolfgang Pauli, the controversial Werner Heisenberg, the young J. Robert Oppenheimer, and personal friends Niels Bohr and Max Planck. Many of the essays and reviews are concerned with the nuclear arms race, which Dr. Peierls consistently opposed.

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A collection completed just before British physicist Peierls (1907-95) died, presenting his non-technical writings, most of it previously published. He reminisces about many of his famous friends and colleagues, including Pauli, Bohr, Dirac, Heisenberg, Oppenheimer, and Frisch. He also voices his concerns about nuclear power and the arms races and recalls his contribution to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. A final section contains book reviews and essays on a variety of subjects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781563962431
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Series:
Masters of Modern Physics Series
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.03(d)

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