The Physics of the Manhattan Project

  • Bruce Cameron┬áReed

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Bruce Cameron Reed
    Pages 49-96
  3. Bruce Cameron Reed
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  4. Bruce Cameron Reed
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  5. Bruce Cameron Reed
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  6. Bruce Cameron Reed
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-222

About this book


The development of nuclear weapons during the Manhattan Project is one of the most significant scientific events of the twentieth century. This revised and updated 3rd edition explores the challenges that faced the scientists and engineers of the Manhattan Project. It gives a clear introduction to fission weapons at the level of an upper-year undergraduate physics student by examining the details of nuclear reactions, their energy release, analytic and numerical models of the fission process, how critical masses can be estimated, how fissile materials are produced, and what factors complicate bomb design. An extensive list of references and a number of exercises for self-study are included. Links are given to several freely-available spreadsheets which users can use to run many of the calculations for themselves.


Calculate Critical Mass Bomb History of the Atomic Bomb Manhattan Project Manhattan Project Calculations Nuclear Fission Nuclear Research in the Forties Nuclear Weapons Oppenheimer Physics Physics of Fission Weapons Wartime Physics at Los Alamos

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce Cameron┬áReed
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsAlma CollegeAlmaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-43532-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-43533-5
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