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The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom Bomb (Revolutions in Science)

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Launched in 1942, the Manhattan Project was a well-funded, secret effort by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada to develop an atomic bomb before the Nazis. The results--the bombs named "Little Boy" and "Fat Man"--were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945.

A vast state within a state, the Manhattan Project employed 130,000 people and cost the Uni
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by Columbia University Press (first published April 9th 2003)
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Kaila
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is not a book with anecdotes about the Manhattan Project. You won't get any great stories to tell at a cocktail party. It is mostly about why and where the money goes, and why the Manhattan Project had a major effect on that. It can be powerful knowledge, but a bit dry to read as figures in the billions are trotted out to ask whether "Big Science" is worth it.

It was written in 2003 so might be a little out of date. I'm curious to know where science funding has gone in the past decade and wh
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Pelks
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The weird thing about this book is that some of the things that are only speculation are now faits accomplis. The best thing about this book is that is it a short, yet informative summary on the role the military and government played in high energy physics, and defines the concept of "Big Science".
Kevin EVHS Ly
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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. I was kind of disappointed because it was a lot shorter review than I thought and it left out a decent amount of useful information out.
Liane
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Karl
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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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.
Edward Fenner
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction and overview for non-physics folk.
John Devlin
Apr 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Amanda
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
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started in 2004, got about halfway through, don't think I'll finish it - interesting topic, too boring with too many details
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Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Really a 2.5 rating. A good brief history of physics and the development of the atom bomb. This has the bones of the story bt you will have to look elsewhere to get the meat of the stories, especially the personalities of the people involved.
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