The History and Science of the Manhattan Project

  • Bruce Cameron Reed

Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 441-472

About this book


The development of atomic bombs under the auspices of the U. S. Army’s Manhattan Project during World War II is considered to be the outstanding news story of the twentieth century. In this book, a physicist and expert on the history of the Project presents a comprehensive overview of this momentous achievement. The first three chapters cover the history of nuclear physics from the discovery of radioactivity to the discovery of fission, and would be ideal for instructors of a sophomore-level “Modern Physics” course. Student-level exercises at the ends of the chapters are accompanied by answers. Chapter 7 covers the physics of first-generation fission weapons at a similar level, again accompanied by exercises and answers. For the interested layman and for non-science students and instructors, the book includes extensive qualitative material on the history, organization, implementation, and results of the Manhattan Project and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing missions. The reader also learns about the legacy of the Project as reflected in the current world stockpiles of nuclear weapons.



Atomic Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki Los Alamos Project Manhattan Project Manhattan Project Undergraduate Text Nuclear Fission Bomb Nuclear Weapons

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce Cameron Reed
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsAlma CollegeAlmaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-40296-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-40297-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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