Nuclear Dawn: F. E. Simon and the Race for Atomic Weapons in World War II

Hardcover | February 26, 2014

byKenneth D. McRae

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This book provides a rounded biography of Franz (later Sir Francis) Simon, his early life in Germany, his move to Oxford in 1933, and his experimental contributions to low temperature physics approximating absolute zero. After 1939 he switched his research to nuclear physics, and is creditedwith solving the problem of uranium isotope separation by gaseous diffusion for the British nuclear programme Tube Alloys.The volume is distinctive for its inclusion of source materials not available to previous researchers, such as Simon's diary and his correspondence with his wife, and for a fresh, well-informed insider voice on the five-power nuclear rivalry of the war years.The work also draws on a relatively mature nuclear literature to attempt a comparison and evaluation of the five nuclear rivals in wider political and military context, and to identify the factors, or groups of factors, that can explain the results.

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This book provides a rounded biography of Franz (later Sir Francis) Simon, his early life in Germany, his move to Oxford in 1933, and his experimental contributions to low temperature physics approximating absolute zero. After 1939 he switched his research to nuclear physics, and is creditedwith solving the problem of uranium isotope s...

Kenneth D. McRae is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa. He has written or edited seven other volumes, including monographs on selected West European democracies (Belgium, Finland, Switzerland) and a volume of readings in the same area.He is a son-in-law of Sir Francis and Lady Simon. For this volume ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.01 inPublished:February 26, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199687188

ISBN - 13:9780199687183

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Preface: A House in Oxford1. Growing Up into a World at War2. Berlin 1919-19303. Breslau 1931-19334. Oxford 1933-19395. Any Capable Physicist 1939-19416. Industrial Plants ... Heretofore Deemed Impossible 1942-19457. Why Manhattan?8. Something Reasonable Again9. Security Lapses10. Germany in the Balance11. A Rounded Life