Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard, the Man Behind the Bomb (BOK)

William Lanouette

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Well-known names such as Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Edward Teller are usually those that surround the creation of the atom bomb. One name that is rarely mentioned is Leo Szilard, known in scientific circles as the "father of the atom bomb." The man who first developed the idea of harnessing energy from nuclear chain reactions, he is curiously buried with barely a trace in the history of this well-known and controversial topic. Born in Hungary and educated in Berlin, he escaped Hitler's Germany in 1933 and that first year developed his concept of nuclear chain reactions. In order to prevent Nazi scientists from stealing his ideas, he kept his theories secret, until he and Albert Einstein pressed the US government to research atomic reactions and designed the first nuclear reactor. Though he started his career out lobbying for civilian control of atomic energy, he concluded it with founding, in 1962, the first political action committee for arms control, the Council for a Livable World. Szilard also studied biology and sparked ideas that won others the Nobel Prize.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter William Lanouette
Forlag
Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN 9781626360235
Antall sider 604 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 23cm x 4,3cm
Vekt 771 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Biography: science, technology & medicine, History of science