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Polonium In The Playhouse

Author : Linda Carrick Thomas
ISBN : 0814213383
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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At the height of the race to build an atomic bomb, an indoor tennis court in one of the Midwest's most affluent residential neighborhoods became a secret Manhattan Project laboratory. Polonium in the Playhouse: The Manhattan Project's Secret Chemistry Work in Dayton, Ohio presents the intriguing story of how this most unlikely site in Dayton, Ohio, became one of the most classified portions of the Manhattan Project. Seized by the War Department in 1944 for the bomb project, the Runnymede Playhouse was transformed into a polonium processing facility, providing a critical radioactive ingredient for the bomb initiator--the mechanism that triggered a chain reaction. With the help of a Soviet spy working undercover at the site, it was also key to the Soviet Union's atomic bomb program. The work was directed by industrial chemist Charles Allen Thomas who had been chosen by J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves to coordinate Manhattan Project chemistry and metallurgy. As one of the nation's first science administrators, Thomas was responsible for choreographing the plutonium work at Los Alamos and the Project's key laboratories. The elegant glass-roofed building belonged to his wife's family. Weaving Manhattan Project history with the life and work of the scientist, industrial leader and singing-showman Thomas, Polonium in the Playhouse offers a fascinating look at the vast and complicated program that changed world history and introduces the men and women who raced against time to build the initiator for the bomb.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The History And Science Of The Manhattan Project

Author : Bruce Cameron Reed
ISBN : 9783662581759
Genre : Science
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The development of atomic bombs under the auspices of the U.S. Army’s Manhattan Project during World War II is considered to be the outstanding news story of the twentieth century. In this book, a physicist and expert on the history of the Project presents a comprehensive overview of this momentous achievement. The first three chapters cover the history of nuclear physics from the discovery of radioactivity to the discovery of fission, and would be ideal for instructors of a sophomore-level “Modern Physics” course. Student-level exercises at the ends of the chapters are accompanied by answers. Chapter 7 covers the physics of first-generation fission weapons at a similar level, again accompanied by exercises and answers. For the interested layman and for non-science students and instructors, the book includes extensive qualitative material on the history, organization, implementation, and results of the Manhattan Project and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing missions. The reader also learns about the legacy of the Project as reflected in the current world stockpiles of nuclear weapons. This second edition contains important revisions and additions, including a new chapter on the German atomic bomb program and new sections on British and Canadian contributions to the Manhattan project and on feed materials. Several other sections have been expanded; reader feedback has been helpful in introducing minor corrections and improved explanations; and, last but not least, the second edition includes a detailed index.
Category: Science

The Manhattan Project

Author : Cynthia C. Kelly
ISBN : 9780762471263
Genre : History
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On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the first atomic bomb, discover new reflections on the Manhattan Project from President Barack Obama, hibakusha (survivors), and the modern-day mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The creation of the atomic bomb during World War II, codenamed the Manhattan Project, was one of the most significant and clandestine scientific undertakings of the 20th century. It forever changed the nature of war and cast a shadow over civilization. Born out of a small research program that began in 1939, the Manhattan Project would eventually employ nearly 600,000 people and cost about $2 billon ($28.5 billion in 2020) -- all while operating under a shroud of complete secrecy. On the 75th anniversary of this profoundly crucial moment in history, this newest edition of The Manhattan Project is updated with writings and reflections from the past decade and a half. This groundbreaking collection of essays, articles, documents, and excerpts from histories, biographies, plays, novels, letters, and oral histories remains the most comprehensive collection of primary source material of the atomic bomb.
Category: History

Historical Dictionary Of Nuclear Biological And Chemical Warfare

Author : Benjamin C. Garrett
ISBN : 9781538106846
Genre : History
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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries onterms related to nuclear, biological and chemical warfare.
Category: History

Hidden History Of Dayton Ohio

Author : Tony Kroeger
ISBN : 9781467142502
Genre : History
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Beyond the Wright brothers and the cash register, Dayton's rich history contains numerous astounding and overlooked people, events and places. One of the city's founders was involved in a conspiracy ring led by none other than disgraced former vice president Aaron Burr. Seemingly innocuous warehouses in a west Dayton residential neighborhood served as laboratories for the triggering mechanism of the atomic bomb. An obscure door located on a hillside once led to National Cash Register's secret underground tunnel system, and a curious stone wall along the Mad River served as an aqueduct abutment for the Miami-Erie Canal. Author Tony Kroeger unveils the historical features that give Dayton its character.
Category: History

The Hollywood Reporter

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105133495775
Genre : Motion pictures
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Author : United States. National Commission on Product Safety
ISBN : UOM:39015037042408
Genre : Consumer protection
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Category: Consumer protection

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Author : James H. Marsh
ISBN : 088830272X
Genre : Canada
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Category: Canada

Electrical World

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ISBN : MINN:31951000656762X
Genre : Electrical engineering
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Category: Electrical engineering

The Timetables Of History

Author : Bernard Grun
ISBN : UVA:X004907569
Genre : History
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Updated to cover the years 1990 through 2004, this historical reference provides a chronology of seven thousand years of significant moments in history, religion, science, and the arts in an accessible format designed for quick reference.
Category: History

Popular Photography

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ISBN : UOM:39015038885136
Genre : Cinematography
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Category: Cinematography

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Author : Harry S. Ashmore
ISBN : WISC:89073381303
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

England First Last

Author : Anthony Bailey
ISBN : 0670804045
Genre : History
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Category: History