Building the H Bomb: A Personal History

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In this engaging scientific memoir, Kenneth Ford recounts the time when, in his mid-twenties, he was a member of the team that designed and built the first hydrogen bomb. He worked with - and relaxed with - scientific giants of that time such as Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, Stan Ulam, John von Neumann, and John Wheeler, and here offers illuminating insights into the personalities, the strengths, and the quirks of these men. Well known for his ability to explain physics to nonspecialists, Ford also brings to life the physics of fission and fusion and provides a brief history of nuclear science from the discovery of radioactivity in 1896 to the ten-megaton explosion of 'Mike' that obliterated a Pacific Island in 1952.Ford worked at both Los Alamos and Princeton's Project Matterhorn, and brings out Matterhorn's major, but previously unheralded contribution to the development of the H bomb. Outside the lab, he drove a battered Chevrolet around New Mexico, a bantam motorcycle across the country, and a British roadster around New Jersey. Part of the charm of Ford's book is the way in which he leavens his well-researched descriptions of the scientific work with brief tales of his life away from weapons.

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This very readable book by Ken Ford is a welcome and worthy addition to the story of the development of nuclear weapons. This book deserves to be read by anyone interested in the history of the H-bomb, its role in the Cold War, and how such work can affect the lives and careers of the individuals involved. --AIP Scitation

Ford s book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of the H-bomb and its role in the Cold War, and in how that work affected the life and career of an individual involved. --Physics Today

Personal memories are the book's greatest strength. Ford doesn't glorify, or apologize for, his work on the H-bomb. He simply tells it as it was. As a result, this is an engagingly human glimpse into the world of physics in the US in the early 1950s. --Physics World

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Description du livre World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2015. Hardback. État : New. 231 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. IN THE NEWSDon McCauley s audio interview with Kenneth FordThe Authors Show, 11 August 2016Mt. Airy scientist one of those who built the H-BombChestnut Hill Local, 19 February 2016Building the H-Bomb: The Big IdeaAPS News, June 2015 (Volume 24, Number 6)Behind the Making of a Super BombThe Washington Post, 22 May 2015Hydrogen Bomb Physicist s Book Runs Afoul of Energy DepartmentThe New York Times, 23 March 2015. N° de réf. du libraire AAU9789814632072

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Description du livre World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd. Hardback. État : new. BRAND NEW, Building the H Bomb: A Personal History, Kenneth W. Ford, In this engaging scientific memoir, Kenneth Ford recounts the time when, in his mid-twenties, he was a member of the team that designed and built the first hydrogen bomb. He worked with - and relaxed with - scientific giants of that time such as Edward Teller, Enrico Fermi, Stan Ulam, John von Neumann, and John Wheeler, and here offers illuminating insights into the personalities, the strengths, and the quirks of these men. Well known for his ability to explain physics to nonspecialists, Ford also brings to life the physics of fission and fusion and provides a brief history of nuclear science from the discovery of radioactivity in 1896 to the ten-megaton explosion of "Mike" that obliterated a Pacific Island in 1952.Ford worked at both Los Alamos and Princeton's Project Matterhorn, and brings out Matterhorn's major, but previously unheralded contribution to the development of the H bomb. Outside the lab, he drove a battered Chevrolet around New Mexico, a bantam motorcycle across the country, and a British roadster around New Jersey. Part of the charm of Ford's book is the way in which he leavens his well-researched descriptions of the scientific work with brief tales of his life away from weapons. N° de réf. du libraire B9789814632072

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