By Jeremy Bernstein

ISBN-10: 052188408X

ISBN-13: 9780521884082

Nuclear guns is a historical past of nuclear guns. From their preliminary theoretical improvement firstly of the 20th century to the hot assessments in North Korea, the writer seeks to, at each one aspect within the narrative, describe the elemental technological know-how of nuclear weaponry. while, he bargains debts and anecdotes of the personalities concerned, lots of whom he has recognized firsthand. Dr. Bernstein writes in accordance with what he sees as a common false impression through the media of the fundamental workings and power influence of nuclear weaponry.

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He and Soddy went to work on the fairly new subject of radioactivity. In a series of very important papers they showed that radioactivity is something that is intrinsic to atoms. You can take a collection of radioactive atoms, put them in a fire, paint them blue, or leave them out in the rain and they will continue emitting the same particles at the same rate with the same energies. Rutherford recognized that there were three kinds of radioactive emission, which he called alpha, beta, and gamma: a, {3, and y.

Stupid" not to have thought of fission. Another person who reacted the same way was Hans Bethe. In 1937, the year before fission was discovered, he published three monumental review articles on nuclear physics in the Reviews of Modern Physics. They became known as "Bethe's Bible," and they contained everything that was known about the subject. In retrospect Bethe simply could not understand why he had missed predicting fission. The one person I never heard, or read about, saying anything like this 1 This is quoted in Erindringer om Niels Bohr, edited by Stefan Rozental, Gylendal, Copenhagen, 1985.

Rutherford was born on August 30, 1871, in Nelson, New Zealand. His father, who was a wheelwright - a repairer of wheels for carts or wagons - had emigrated from Scotland. Rutherford was educated in local schools, matriculating at the University of New Zealand in Auckland. He was an outstanding student and, in 1894, won a scholarship to Trinity College to work with Thomson. In 1898, a position opened up at McGill University in Montreal. There he encountered a somewhat younger English chemist named Frederick Soddy.

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