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The German Atomic Bomb: The History of Nuclear Research in Nazi Germany (A Da Capo paperback) Paperback – August, 1983

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Product Details

  • Series: A Da Capo paperback
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr (August 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306801981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306801983
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,322,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By rpc@iname.com on November 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book tells the story of German nuclear research from 1930's to 1945. This book shows the history of the nuclear chemistry germane to the nuclear bomb and then tells the story of experiments and internal politics in the third reich. For instance an error was made in an experiment to test the suitability of CARBON as a moderator in reactors. This forced the germans to rely on heavy water, and the only large scale production in the world at that time was in norway (british commandos saw to that in 1943, a good chapter of the book). More frightening is the lack of safety with nuclear materials used in those days. One photograph shows british and american intellegence officers dismantling the last secret german atomic pile. They are handling everything with bare hands and are wearing normal lightwieght army clothing (not a gas mask in sight even). The first few chapeters of this book give a good history (and explanation) of nuclear chemistry. The author must have been trained in chemistry/physics to write this clearly on it. PS the ENGLISH edition is titled "THE VIRUS HOUSE" (this was the name put up on the door of the first german reactor in the MIDDLE of berlin, the sign was to keep people out !)
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