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A Chemist's Role in the Birth of Atomic Energy: Interviews with Charles DuBois Coryell by Joan Bainbridge Safford Paperback – August 8, 2012


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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Promethium Press (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985671106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985671105
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JULIE ESTHER CORYELL and JOAN BAINBRIDGE SAFFORD as editor and interviewer, respectively, offer a unique account of the most important political and technical project of the 20th Century. These women, scholars themselves, grew up in families headed by major scientific participants in the discovery and implementation of atomic energy. They offer an intimate perspective of the scientific and personal issues in the first development of nuclear technology.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Art Poskanzer on October 3, 2012
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Charles Coryell was my professor for my Ph.D. at MIT in '57. This book is a transcript of an oral interview conducted a few years later by Joan Bainbridge and edited some 50 years later still by his daughter Julie Coryell. It mainly describes his WWII work in the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge.

I really enjoyed this fascinating book. It mentions many key people from the early days of atomic energy. There is particular detail about his interactions with Glenn Seaborg. Frank insights are given to many people including George Boyd, the Compton brothers, James Conant, Dick Dodson, Norman Elliott, James Frank, Gerhart Friedlander, Larry Glendenin, Leslie Groves, Martin Kamen, E.O. Lawrence, J.R. Oppenheimer, Linus Pauling, Isadore Perlman, Buck Rubinson, Miles Sherrill, Frank Spedding, Lewis Strauss, Nate Sugarman, Leo Szilard, Edward Teller, Tony Turkevich, and Art Wahl. I could not put it down. The book is a real contribution to history of science.
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Charles Coryell was my thesis co-supervisor in 1964-1968, and he was a bright, caring, lovely man. I long ago left the field (left the lab in 1973 and became a patent attorney in 1994). I was privileged to be part of an American Chemical Society symposium honoring the 100th anniversary of Charles' birth, saw Julie Coryell again for the first time since the late 1960's, and am delighted to be able to reconnect with my academic past and one of the personalities whose memory I most cherish
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By Sharon on September 9, 2012
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An inside view of the making of the atomic bomb in America. Told by the chemist who discovered a crucial element that allowed the bomb to be made. His daughter, Julie Coryell, has shared these interviews with us, and it makes for a thought provoking book. We are witness to history in the making. And we are introduced to a beautiful and original scientific mind in Charles Coryell.

A must for those who want to know the true history behind important events.
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