The Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How To Build an Atomic Bomb / Edition 1

The Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How To Build an Atomic Bomb / Edition 1

by Robert Serber, Richard Rhodes
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ISBN-10:
0520075765
ISBN-13:
9780520075764
Pub. Date:
03/02/1992
Publisher:
University of California Press

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The Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How To Build an Atomic Bomb 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is excellent on at least three levels.  First it does what it was intended to do in 1943:  gives a view of the technical basics  of building a nuke and the challenges to be overcome.  The information is available in other places but not organized toward this goal.   Second is the historical context and Serber's annotations that describe in many cases how the obstacles were overcome or some aspect evolved.  Third anybody interested in the proliferation of nuclear weapons ought to be familiar with the contents of the Los Alamos Primer to begin to understand what potential proliferant nations are up against.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great resource on the physics of the book. And how the theoretical took a physical shape. Written in a style that high shool physics students would clearly understand most of the material. As a historian I was surprised at what we knew when Los Alamos was opened. It bacame the engineering center to turn the theory into reality. A short book filled with facts and verly little info on the people.