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Uranium Wars: The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Called "one of our best science popularizers" by Publishers Weekly, Amir Aczel now tackles the cause of one of last century's most destructive events -- the scientific discovery of nuclear power. Drawing on his rich storytelling skills, Aczel presents the fascinating and suspenseful story of the scientists who first uncovered the potential of uranium. Uranium Wars takes th ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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Michael Gerald Dealino
This is a book that is good about the science and the history of the uranium nucleus and radioactivity, but poor on the history of the decision to use the atomic bomb to end the Second World War. The author's dubious citing that Imperial Japan was ready to surrender before the US' use of the atom bomb flies in the face of the fact that the Japanese militarists intended to fight to the last man, woman, and child, sacrificing the entire Japanese populace with such callous disregard for life, rathe ...more
Fernando del Alamo
"Las guerras del uranio" es el título de este libro en castellano. En él, explica la historia que va desde el descubrimiento de los Rayos X, los Curie y la cuántica hasta la guerra fría. La verdad es que es una introducción bastante buena si no conoces detalles del Proyecto Manhattan. Da detalles que no había leído en otros libros como una minibiografía de Fermi nastante buena, una explicación de las minas de Joachimsthal y una discusión que me ha gustado mucho sobre el lanzamiento de las bombas ...more
Proud to say this book taught me a great deal. I learned about Lise Meitner, who I'd never heard of previously, and a great deal about the Curies and the search for radioactive elements. I especially liked learning about the difference between enriched uranium (the kind necessary for nuclear weaponry) and regular uranium (for nuclear power). The discussion regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki and whether it was necessary to end World War II with those bombings to deter the Soviet menace was also ver ...more
Starred Review. Author and Boston University research fellow Aczel (Fermat's Last Theorem) shares a scientist's history of nuclear chemistry in the 20th century, and its eventual application in the form of the atomic bomb. In the first half, Aczel covers figures of early modern science like the Curies in Paris, the Meitner-Hahn group in Berlin, and Italian physicists before they were driven out by the Fascists. (One of WWII's greatest ironies is that the science Nazis dubbed "Jewish physi
Courtney Johnston
A straight-forward, easily read account of uranium and the atomic bomb, from the discovery of pitchblende at the silver mine at Joachimsthal, Saxony, in the sixteenth century to the Mutually Assured Destruction doctrine of the late twentieth.

Aczel is a solid writer, if not inspiring, and he lays out in his introduction his key figures (Fermi, Hahn, Meitner, Curie, Curie-Joliot, Heisenberg, Bohr) and - just as importantly - those who he will glide over (including the difficult Teller).

The book de
Detailed chronicle of the history of uranium, it's uses and discoveries involving it. At some points short sections can seem a bit repetative but overall this is a very good history. Very well researched and well written. I had an early pre-release copy so I'm not sure what all had been edited. I loved the details about each of the major scientists involved, and how each one of them contributed to the knowledge base. I also found it interesting that some scientists were biased in some ways (eg. ...more
Sally Smith
If you enjoy history, science, and find the Manhattan Project interesting, then you'll love this book. If those interests aren't yours, then skip this. I love history, science, and find the Manhattan Project interesting, so I really enjoyed it and learned some new things.
Excellent source of information. I loved the chapters on the progression of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. He was a little slow in some of the biography sections, but overall a good book. I learned a lot about nuclear reactions, bombs and plants.

Interesting book - I certainly learned things I did not know both historic and scientific.
Jordan Munn
A layman's history of the scientific pathway to the atomic bomb. Fun to read.
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