Remembering the Manhattan Project: Perspectives on the Making of the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy

Remembering the Manhattan Project: Perspectives on the Making of the Atomic Bomb and Its Legacy

by Cynthia C. Kelly
     
 

"During World War II, nations raced to construct the world's first nuclear weapon that would determine the future of the world. The Manhattan Project, one of the most significant achievements of the 20th century, was the culmination of America's war effort." "Today, although the issue of nuclear weapons frequently dominates world politics, few are aware of the history… See more details below

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"During World War II, nations raced to construct the world's first nuclear weapon that would determine the future of the world. The Manhattan Project, one of the most significant achievements of the 20th century, was the culmination of America's war effort." "Today, although the issue of nuclear weapons frequently dominates world politics, few are aware of the history behind its development. Part I of this book, comprised of papers from the Atomic Heritage Foundation's Symposium on the Manhattan Project, recounts the history of this remarkable effort and reflects upon its legacy." Most of the original structures of the Manhattan Project have been inaccessible to the public and in recent years, have been stripped of their equipment and slated for demolition. Part II proposes a strategy for preserving these historical artifacts for the public and future generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789812560407
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. IA report on the proceedings
Opening remarks5
Opening remarks9
Preserving the history of the Manhattan project13
The atomic bomb in the Second World War17
The Manhattan project : an extraordinary achievement of the "American way"31
A tale of two documents41
A footnote on Hiroshima and atomic morality : Conant, Niebuhr, and an "emotional" clergyman, 1945-4647
A Los Alamos beginning53
General Leslie R. Groves and the scientists63
Science in the service of the state : the cautionary tale of Robert Oppenheimer69
Leo Szilard : baiting brass hats73
SEDs at Los Alamos : a personal memoir81
Some experiences at the Met : lab and what could be learned from a highly successful and challenging project89
My first professional assignment93
Triumph and tragedy : the odyssey of J. R. Oppenheimer - a personal perspective97
Then and now103
The Manhattan project : qualitative or quantitative change?107
Expertise and independence : the role of the science advisor111
The future of nuclear deterrence117
Reflections on the Manhattan project : consequences and repercussions123
Pt. IIA plan for preserving the Manhattan project
Preserving America : a strategy for the Manhattan project141
Cross-cutting recommendations148
Preservation strategies for the Manhattan project : two options150
App. ADescription of Manhattan project properties161
Feature article : the Frisch-Peierls memorandum175
Memorandum on the properties of a radioactive super-bomb177

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