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The Story of Atomic Energy

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This lively, illuminating book describes, step by step, how man conquered the atom.

The story began many centuries ago, with a Greek philosopher named Democritus. Scientists from England, France, Germany, Italy, and Denmark made their contributions as time passed; among them Ernest Rutherford, who shot off a new kind of "gun" and shattered the atom under the gun's heavy bom
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published 1961 by Random House
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Sam picked this book up at a thrift store because the edition we have has this awesome canvas cover with a stylized atom on it and he loves old books. It say relegated to our kitschy shelf for almost a year, but the long weekend had be thumbing my shelves for something new. I've been thinking a lot about quantum physics lately and so I the book perked my interest. I read it in two sittings and it reminded me of being a kid again and reading my mom's outdated educational books on long hot summer ...more
Decent narrative. A little dated now.
Excellent entry-level explanation of the history and science of atomic energy. Laura Fermi, wife/widow of renowned physicist Henrico Fermi, brings the era to life with her "first-hand" knowledge of the people, places, and series of events leading up to the atomic age. The book's final section on up-and-coming widespread advances in uses of atomic energy feels especially dated. But the freshness of the rest of the story makes up for that.
I loved the retro look at atomic energy by the wife of Enrico Fermi.
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