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German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power, 1939–49

German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power, 1939–49

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  • Date Published: January 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438049

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  • This a paperback edition of Professor Walker's full-scale examination of the German efforts to harness the economic, military and political power of nuclear fission between 1939 and 1949. The book explains clearly, in terms that the non-specialist can understand, what was involved in the Germans' quest, and in what ways the German scientists succeeded or failed in the development of 'the bomb'.

    • Brilliantly reviewed hardback
    • Reviewers have stated that the book has enormous implications for the way in which we view the role of scientists under Nazi rule
    • Written in an accessible style
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    "Mark Walker's new history of the German bomb program...offers a revision of earlier accounts which is backed up by a great deal of original research in German archives...The result is a meticulous account of the German bureaucratic landscape in which a few dozen scientists and officials generated paper about proposals to build a bomb...Walker has resolved many confusions in the history of the German bomb project." The Atlantic

    "...informative and well-researched...In general, this is a well-concieved and well-presented book." Peter Hayes, Science

    "Walker provides a valuable new version of the story of the German quest for nuclear power before 1950." Raymond G. Stokes, American Journal of Physics

    "...this book is as good as any written about nuclear power in World War II, and better than most. It raises questions which should be asked not just of German physics, but of science in other national traditions and under less fearsome governments." Bruce Hevly, Foundations of Physics

    "This is an excellent book: intensely researched, well written, and balanced in its judgments. Its focus on the German scientists is novel, and its discussion of the position of science in a modern state is well worth pondering." Modern Europe

    "...Walker maps a part of the German scientific community with reference to its ideological and political, as well as its scientific and technological, bearings. His survey is thorough, and he guides the reader surely to a better comprehension of this crucial episode in the history of modern science." Robert W. Seidel, Isis

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438049
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Lightning War: Nuclear fission
    The German nuclear power project
    Moderators, isotope separation, and uranium machines
    Nuclear power and lightning war
    Part II. The War Slows Down: The end of the lightning war
    Nuclear power conferences
    National Socialism and German physics
    Progress and infighting
    Part III. The War Comes Home: Wonder weapons
    Uranium machines in Berlin-gottow
    Greater Germany and cultural imperialism
    Death from above and betrayal from within
    Part IV. The War is Lost: Evacuation and self-preservation
    The heavy water dries up
    Harteck's circle, centrifuges, and special experiments
    Uranium machines and rock cellars
    Part V. The German Achievement in the American Shadow: The Alsos MIssion
    Farm Hall
    The Smyth Report
    Part VI. The Legacy of German National Socialism: The occupation of Germany
    Nazification and denazification
    The Goudsmit/Heisenberg controversy
    Part VII. The Myth of the German Atomic Bomb: Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Mark Walker

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