Early Days at Los Alamos

  • Edwin M. McMillan
Part of the Studies in the History of Modern Science book series (SHMS, volume 5)


I must emphasize the difficulty of establishing facts at this late date, even of important things. During the Manhattan Project, of course, security was impressed upon everyone. Very few people kept any notes; we didn’t keep diaries or little black books with all the records of where we’d been and what we’d done, and I found that other people had the same difficulty remembering. But trying to establish detailed facts turned out to be quite an interesting thing. There is a pre-history to Los Alamos as well as a history. I shall describe what occurred between the specific dates of September 14, 1942 and September 17, 1943, almost exactly a year later.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1980

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