Before The Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima
Loving the subject matter and having had success with some of her other histories, I had to try Diana Preston's Before the...more
Readers won't mind that this book offers nothing new about a subject that has been thoroughly examined. Preston's what-if scenarios are as fascinating as her portraits of the players, from Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer to FDR, Emperor Hirohito, and Hitler. Preston's focus on the lesser-known personalities, including physicist Werner Heisenberg, chemist Ida Noddack, and Lise Meitner (who explained nuclear fission for the first time), distinguishes Before the Fallout from other accounts o...more
radium - considered miracle element, most expensive
substance in the world.
used to make x-rays. toothpaste made of thorium - to make teeth radiantly white
CURIE HAIR TONIC, bath salts, suppositories, chocolates
pierre curie - stepped in front of carriage, slipped, fell, wheel crushed his skull
marie curie - had affair with married physicist (scandal); died of radiation poinsing; her fingers long mangled from radiation. before she die...more
Very interesting to see how many of the scientists, slowly sensing that nuclear physics could lead to some sort of weapon, were talking about an eventual 'arms race' 20 years before the USA and USSR would both have the bomb, and do exactly that. A sense...more
Diane Preston revisa la historia personal y logros profesionales de los principales actores de esta época sin entrar en excesivos detalles con el ánimo de no aburrir en demasía al lector menos exigente. Parece no aportar datos nuevos en comparación con los clásicos en la materia como The Making of the Atomic Bomb, pero sin embargo i...more
Está tan bien escrito que hasta los detalles científicos resultan fáciles de entender.
El énfasis que se hace en el factor humano en el descubrimiento de la energía atómica y la construcción de la bomba es el mejor elemento de este libro, así como las consideraciones de "¿Qué tal si hubiera pasado esto?" al final.
Se nota que Preston hizo un m...more
Es idealpara amantes de la historia, pero no para los que adoran las novelas que tratan las emociones humanas como yo.
Born and raised in London, Diana Preston studied Modern History at Oxford University, where she first became involved in journalism. After earning her degree, she became a freelance writer of feature and travel articles for national UK newspapers and magazines and has subsequently reviewed books for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles T...more