The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom Bomb by Jeff Hughes

The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom Bomb

byJeff Hughes

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Launched in 1942, the Manhattan Project was a well-funded, secret effort by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada to develop an atomic bomb before the Nazis. The results-the bombs named "Little Boy" and "Fat Man"-were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945.

A vast state within a state, the Manhattan Project employed 130,000 people and cost the United States and its allies 2 billion dollars, but its contribution to science as a prestigious investment was invaluable. After the bombs were dropped, states began allocating unprecedented funds for scientific research, leading to the establishment of many of twentieth century's major research institutions. Yet the union of science, industry, and the military did not start with the development of the atomic bomb; World War II only deepened the relationship. This absorbing history revisits the interactions among science, the national interest, and public and private funding that was initiated in World War I and flourished in WWII. It then follows the Manhattan Project from inception to dissolution, describing the primary influences that helped execute the world's first successful plan for nuclear research and tracing the lineages of modern national nuclear agencies back to their source.

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Jeff Hughes is a senior lecturer in the history of science and technology at the University of Manchester. His research concerns the social history of the physical and chemical sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the institutional history of twentieth-century British science.
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Title:The Manhattan Project: Big Science and the Atom BombFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.03 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231131534

ISBN - 13:9780231131537

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Big Science and the BombLong Before the Bomb: The Origins of Big ScienceScience, the Military and Industry: The Great War and AfterFrom Fission to Mission: The Origins of the Manhattan ProjectLos Alamos: Little Science on a Big Scale?Thin Man Becomes Fat Man: The Plutonium Implosion ProgrammeFrom Trinity to Victory: Making and Using the First Nuclear WeaponsAfter the Bomb: Big Science and National SecurityFrom Big Science to Megascience: The Age of the AcceleratorsThe Invention of 'Big Science': Large-Scale Science as Pathological ScienceDeath in Texas: The End of Megascience?Conclusions: The Myths of Big ScienceFurther Reading

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