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Elemental Germans: Klaus Fuchs, Rudolf Peierls and the Making of British Nuclear Culture 1939-59 Hardcover – June 19, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0230354876 ISBN-10: 0230354874

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230354874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230354876
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,551,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...this book is a valuable addition to the field of physics history and should interest British Cold War and science historians alike, particularly those investigating the history of nuclear weapons or the development of European scientific cooperation in the post-war period.' - Martin Theaker, University of Cambridge

About the Author

CHRISTOPH LAUCHT Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Leeds, UK. His research interests include the cultural history of the atomic age and the transnational history of the Cold War. He is co-editor of Divided, But Not Disconnected: German Experiences of the Cold War (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2010).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brave Dave on October 30, 2012
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An esoteric book about an interesting aspect of a massive subject (atomic weapon history). Pretty much what I expected, but leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Tantalizing use of 1176 "notes and references" to develop 177 pages of text. Wow! Lots of leads for more in-depth study but many of the references are probably underused and likely to be virtually unavailable.
Recent publication may have enabled use of previously classified information -- I wonder if that is the case.

This should not be anyones introduction to the subject. Significant prior background is required to fully appreciate this book.

Mr. Laucht needs to enlist a consultant on atomic and nuclear physics before putting out a second addition because there are some gagging inaccuracies especially about isotopes. These, however, do not distract from the book's significant value and only tend to unnerve. The history, which is the essence of the book, is probably valid.
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