Reminiscences of Los Alamos 1943–1945

  • Lawrence Badash
  • Joseph O. Hirschfelder
  • Herbert P. Broida

Part of the Studies in the History of Modern Science book series (SHMS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. John H. Dudley
    Pages 1-11
  3. Edwin M. McMillan
    Pages 13-19
  4. John H. Manley
    Pages 21-40
  5. Elsie McMillan
    Pages 41-47
  6. George B. Kistiakowsky
    Pages 49-65
  7. Joseph O. Hirschfelder
    Pages 67-88
  8. Laura Fermi
    Pages 89-103
  9. Richard P. Feynman
    Pages 105-132
  10. Bernice Brode
    Pages 133-159
  11. Norris Bradbury
    Pages 161-175
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 177-n1

About this book


Although the World War II efforts to develop nuclear weapons have inspired a very large literature, it struck us as noteworthy that virtually nothing existed in the form of firsthand accounts. Now It Can Be Told, by General Leslie Groves, the Manhattan Project's military commander, is probably the most prominent exception, but the scientists themselves seem to have shown little interest in publishing their reminiscences. Believing that it would be not only worthwhile for posterity, but ex­ tremely interesting for the present generation to hear about the aspirations, fears, and activities of those who participated in this watershed of science and government collaboration, we arranged the public lecture series repre­ sented by this book.! We chose to focus upon Los Alamos since the project's efforts culminated there. The isolated laboratory in New Mexico was created to design and construct the first atomic bombs. More scientific brainpower was accumulated there than at any time since Isaac Newton dined alone, and the interactions with this community are of sociological interest, as the results of their work are of political import.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lawrence Badash
    • 1
  • Joseph O. Hirschfelder
    • 2
  • Herbert P. Broida
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of HistoryUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of ChemistryUniversity of WisconsinUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1098-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9022-7
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