The Age of Innocence: Nuclear Physics between the First and Second World Wars (Hardback)Roger H. Stuewer (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 1088 g
Dimensions: 248 x 176 x 31 mm
The Age of Innocence is a masterful and authoritative history of nuclear physics during the 1920s and 1930s, constituting perhaps the magnum opus of Roger H. Stuewer, a senior scholar with a decades-long record of leadership in the history of physics...While the history in The Age of Innocence is a generally familiar one, the richness of Stuewer's detailed and authoritative account should make it required reading for all. * Mary Jo Nye, Oregon State University, ISIS *
This volume offers a fascinating glimpse of the internal workings of scientists in a nascent period of atomic and nuclear physics. Stuewer does a brilliant job of first foreshadowing, and then discussing outright, the impact of fascism on so many of these scientists. Of course, anyone already familiar with the story knows the conclusion. The discovery of nuclear fission, and its ultimate role in the development of the first atomic bomb, hovers over the narrative from the beginning. Overall, this work would serve as an excellent overview of both the scientific and the political situation in Europe between the wars. * Professor Todd Timmons, University of Arkansas *
[Stuewer] has produced a masterful single-volume history and exhaustive reference of inter-war nuclear physics, a testament to his decades of work in this area. This volume will especially be a keeper reference even for readers closely familiar with its subject matter. * Cameron Reed, American Journal of Physics *
This excellently written and extremely well researched account is likely to become a classic text for its subject-matter. Any physicist who is interested in the history of our subject during one of its most critical formative periods should acquire this book, from which I have learnt a lot and which I thoroughly recommend. * Peter Bussey, Contemporary Physics *
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