Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums $5 Off Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Shop Popular Services pivdl pivdl pivdl  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Gear Up for Football Baby Sale
Buy Used
$19.95
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Interior is clean, bright and unmarked. Mostly light wear overall with 2 small, light stains to dustjacket near foot of spine. A gently used book. America's most famous book store. Established 1934.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

An American Genius: The Life of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, Father of the Cyclotron Hardcover – January, 1968

1 customer review

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$83.46 $19.95
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton; 1st edition (January 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052505443X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525054436
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Important Information

Ingredients
Example Ingredients

Directions
Example Directions

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
0%
4 star
100%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am Lawrence's great-nephew, or one of them (there weren't that many), and this is an excellent book on probably the greatest of America's early 20th century physicists, who won the Nobel Prize in 1939 in Physics for the invention of the cyclotron, the first atom smasher. Lawrence went on to make many other important discoveries, including creating Technetium, the first atomic element to be made artificially, inventing the first atomic clock, and also the first color TV tube.

With the cyclotron, Lawrence produced radioactive phosphorus and other isotopes for medical use, including radioactive iodine for the first medical treatment of hyperthyroid conditions. In addition, he was the first to use neutron beams in treating cancer.

The giant Bevatron collider he created at U.C. synthesized the Plutonium that went into the Fat Man bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. He founded Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and later Lawrence Livermore Labs. Later, he was appointed by president Eisenhower to head the American delegation to Geneva to negotiate the first Soviet American nuclear weapons test ban. He was truly a many-sided genius who died all too young at the age of 57.

The book by Nuell Pharr Davis is less flattering toward my famous great-uncle than toward Oppenheimer, but it presents another view if you're interested. Another book is Greg Herken's, The Brotherhood of the Bomb: The Secret Lives of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller, which gives a dramatic account of how these three influential physicists worked, competed, and in the case Teller and Oppenheimer, ultimately betrayed one another.
Read more ›
8 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again