The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom Bomb
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The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom Bomb

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In the twentieth century, almost every aspect of science changed: it spread from insular universities to government, industry, and the military; new disciplines emerged, the boundaries between old ones blurred; and a dizzying array of new products and processes changed people's lives. But perhaps the greatest change was science's growth in scale, scope, and cost, as it was...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by Columbia University Press (first published September 17th 2003)
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This is one of the only times in my life that I just returned a book to the library without finishing it. While the topic is interesting, the narrative was very boring and I wasn't really paying attention to what I was reading. So, I reasoned that life is short and it's time to move on.
Good, brief review of the Manhattan Project. Overly simplistic and leaves out a lot, but it's super short and easy to read, so that is to be expected. If you want the minimal book experience in learning about the Manhattan Project this is for you.
The gargantuan undertaking of not just the bomb, but the plutonium deriving demonstrates the awesome scope of Manhattan, the incredible geniuses, and the bureaucracy that was needed.
May 19, 2008 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: math
started in 2004, got about halfway through, don't think I'll finish it - interesting topic, too boring with too many details
Only read the first chapter.
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