The Manhattan Project: A very brief introduction to the physics of nuclear weapons (Iop Concise Physics) (Paperback)

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The Manhattan Project: A very brief introduction to the physics of nuclear weapons (Iop Concise Physics) (Paperback)

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The development of nuclear weapons by the Manhattan Project during World War II was one of the most dramatic scientific/technological episodes in human history. This book, prepared by a recognized expert on the Manhattan Project, offers a concise survey of the essential physics concepts underlying fission weapons.

The text describes the energetics and timescales of fast-neutron chain reactions, why only certain isotopes of uranium and plutonium are suitable for use in fission weapons, how critical mass and bomb yield can be estimated, how the efficiency of nuclear weapons can be enhanced, how the fissile forms of uranium and plutonium were obtained, some of the design details of the 'Little Boy' and 'Fat Man' bombs, and some of the thermal, shock, and radiation effects of nuclear weapons. Calculation exercises are provided, and a Bibliography lists authoritative print and online sources of information for readers who wish to pursue more detailed study of this fascinating topic.

B. Cameron Reed is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics at Alma College, Alma, Michigan. In addition to a quantum mechanics text and two other books on the Manhattan Project, he has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals in areas such as astronomy, data analysis, quantum physics, nuclear physics, and the history of physics. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, "For his contributions to the history of both the physics and the development of nuclear weapons in the Manhattan Project."
Product Details ISBN: 9781681746043
ISBN-10: 1681746042
Publisher: Iop Concise Physics
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2017
Pages: 114
Language: English
Series: Iop Concise Physics