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Rutherford and his team knew that the long-accepted atomic model was held together by nothing more than trumped-up math and hope. They hoped to find out what held oppositely charged protons and electrons together, and what strange particles shared the nucleus with protons. In a series of remarkable experiments done on homemade apparatus, these Cambridge scientists moved atomic science to within an inch of its ultimate goal. Finally, Cockcroft and Walton--competing furiously with their American and German peers--put together the machine that would forever change history by splitting an atom. The Fly in the Cathedral combines all the right elements for a great science history: historical context, gritty detail, wrenching failure, and of course, glorious victory. Although the miracles that occurred at Cambridge in 1932 were to result in the fearful, looming threat of atomic warfare, Cathcart allows readers to find unfiltered joy in the accomplishments of a few brilliant, ingenious scientists. --Therese Littleton
Wow - I loved this beautifully written adventure story, one that unfolds - forget all the technical mumbo jumbo and just read this - and remember all those adventures you had as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard T. Sawyer Sawyer
Great Read if you like biographies, or if you like history, or if you like physic's. Very entertaining, with a lot of "Wow" moments. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jerry Martin
"There's physics and everything else is stamp-collecting"
Fiction can never be as interesting as real life and for all those who think science and scientists are... Read more
The Fly in the Cathedral came out a few years ago but I didn't get a chance to read it until eary 2013. It is an excellent book and one of the best science books I ever read. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by raymond sepeta
The Fly in the Cathedral is an excellent book for non-scientists to understand what "spliting the atom" meant and how this was done.Published on February 3, 2013 by Bill Craig
An article about splitting the atom came across my path while I was investigating beekeeping in England. Sounded interesting so I bought the book. An excellent read. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Deano
This book presents a somewhat interesting tale of what happened up to the first split of an atom. Some of the chapters are quite entertaining, but too much emphasis seems to have... Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by starboy
Shipper was quick to help me when items were lost in the mail. Great communication and help.Published on September 6, 2010 by Vivian
I received this book as a gift during my senior year of high school and let it sit on my shelf for 5 years before deciding that it was interesting enough to peek inside. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by R. Utz